Caroline writes to Jane:
Mr. Darcy is impatient to see his sister, and to confess the truth, we are scarcely less eager to meet her again. I really do not think Georgiana Darcy has her equal for beauty, elegance, and accomplishments; and the affection she inspires in Louisa and myself is heightened into something still more interesting, from the hope we dare to entertain of her being hereafter our sister.
It’s funny that after mentioning that “[Georgiana’s] relations all wish the connection as much as [Bingley’s] own” she ends her letter with: “With all these circumstances to favour an attachment and nothing to prevent it, am I wrong, my dearest Jane, in indulging the hope of an event which will secure the happiness of so many?”
While Darcy’s POV during Lizzy’s visit at Pemberley focuses on the one circumstance that might prevent it, however, what I found interesting now is the use of words:
Not a syllable had ever reached [Caroline] of Miss Darcy’s meditated elopement. To no creature had it been revealed, where secrecy was possible, except to Elizabeth; and from all Bingley’s connections her brother was particularly anxious to conceal it, from that very wish which Elizabeth had long ago attributed to him, of their becoming hereafter her own. He had certainly formed such a plan, and without meaning that it should affect his endeavour to separate him from Miss Bennet, it is probable that it might add something to his lively concern for the welfare of his friend.
It seems that not only Caroline and Darcy where of one mind, but they had discussed it, since Caroline knows that he wishes for the marriage. The similar turn of phrase additionally emphasises their cooperation, and suggests that indeed all Bingley’s and Georgiana’s relations wished for it as strongly.
What I wonder about is how well acquainted Caroline and Darcy were prior to Netherfield. If they plotted behind Bingley’s back already then it’d mean they were very friendly indeed. However, it’s also possible that Bingley was in love with Georgiana at some point. Darcy wrote to Elizabeth that he had often seen Bingley in love before, and Caroline writes:
My brother admires her greatly already, he will have frequent opportunity now of seeing her on the most intimate footing …
The latter is likely a reason for Darcy’s bringing the Bingleys and Georgiana to Pemberley for summer. Elizabeth thinks that there’s no special regard on either side, but if Bingley was infatuated with Georgiana in the past it wouldn’t be unreasonable of Darcy to plan and promote the match, or mention to Caroline that he’d be glad if it happened.Posted by Sylwia