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Re: Ages of the Bingleys

December 01, 2017 10:29PM
Caroline treats Charles like a younger brother, but she's also just a demanding human being, so that doesn't mean that she's older.

Not based on any real facts stated in the book, but I feel fairly confident that Caroline is at least older than Elizabeth and possibly Jane as well. Caroline threw every insult or slur that she could think of at Elizabeth, and a few at Jane as well, but never touched on the fact that Elizabeth was over twenty and unmarried (on the oldish side of when a woman married in that era). And Lydia mocks Jane for being almost an "old maid" because she was almost 23 (Ch. 39). For such a caustic person as Caroline to hold back any insult about the Bennet sisters ages, I feel that she must have avoided the topic because it would highlight her own age unfavorably.

"Mr. Bingley had not been of age two years, when he was tempted by an accidental recommendation to look at Netherfield House" (end of Ch. 4). Twenty-one is the base for being 'of age', so Bingley is at least 22-23.

TL,DR: Caroline's probably at least older than 21, Charles is at least 22-23
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