“I am glad to hear that you are sick of Mr Bingley,” you say dryly. “There is now no need for me to seek his acquaintance so that I may introduce our daughters to him, ahead of all the unmarried females under thirty in the district.”
Despite much pleading, Mrs Bennet cannot get you to relent. She and the girls go to the assembly in Meryton, entirely dependent for an introduction on the good-will of women as scheming as herself - and with far less attractive daughters. Mr Bingley admires Jane from afar, but cannot dance with her until they are properly introduced.
Soon after Mr Bingley’s arrival in Hertfordshire, his sisters and his friend Mr Darcy find him the ideal match: the sickly daughter of Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Under Bingley’s winning smile, however, she blossoms and their marriage brings him a modicum of happiness - apart from frequent visits from his mother-in-law, when he is heard to wonder if she might be persuaded to make them a little less regular.
If Mr Bingley ever thinks of the beautiful girl he glimpsed at the Meryton assembly, he keeps his regrets to himself.
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