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The 7 Most Awkward Moments in Classic Literature, Ranked

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#6: Caroline Bingley flirting at a completely uninterested Darcy

I don’t have a whole lot in common with Pride and Prejudice’s Caroline Bingley. She is wealthy, elegant, and conceited, whereas I am penniless, sloppy, and constantly apologizing for things. But we are similar when it comes to flirting. We both crave attention, we’re not subtle, and we have no idea when the other person just isn’t into it. For instance, behold the following conversation between Caroline and Darcy that I can’t read without wanting to die.

“How delighted Miss Darcy will be to receive such a letter!”

He made no answer.

“You write uncommonly fast.”

“You are mistaken. I write rather slowly.”

“How many letters you must have occasion to write in the course of a year! Letters of business, too! How odious I should think them!”

“It is fortunate, then, that they fall to my lot instead of yours.”

“Pray tell your sister that I long to see her.”

I have already told her so once, by your desire.”

“I am afraid you do not like your pen. Let me mend it for you. I mend pens remarkably well.”

“Thank you—but I always mend my own.”

“How can you contrive to write so even?”

He was silent.

HE WAS SILENT. This is the Regency-era equivalent of sending a triple text and being left on read.

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