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them to learn the habits of genteel people and to form friendships with them” (PP 29),  ultimately coming to the conclusion that the Bingley sisters have an agenda to climb to  the top of the social ladder and place great weight on status and wealth. Additionally, the  Bingley sisters had singled Jane Bennet out as an object of their brother’s affection after  “Mr. Bingley had danced with her twice, and she had been distinguished by his sisters”  (PP 20). The keen focus the Bingley sisters had on their brother throughout the night in  order to notice the fact that he had danced with Jane twice, reveals their heightened  interest in who he seems to fancy. It would be assumed that the Bingley sisters would be  caught up in their own affairs while at the ball, however, their attention to Mr. Bingley  and his dealings reveal their class conscious attitude in that they must keep an eye out for  who Mr. Bingley spends a majority of his time with in order to be sure that he only  fraternizes with those of equal or higher status in society. Thus, by the end of the night  Elizabeth believes the Bingley sisters “were in fact very fine ladies; not deficient in good  humor when they were pleased, nor in the power of being agreeable where they chose it,  but proud and conceited” (PP 28). This judgment is derived from the actions of the  Bingley sisters at the ball in which Elizabeth notices the way the sisters were able to  portray themselves as well-mannered and good company “where they chose it,”  ultimately proving their class oriented mindset as they only display agreeable and  respectable behavior to those they deem worthy.  This use of cognitive judgment of the Bingley sisters by Elizabeth proves correct  later in the novel when they persuade Mr. Bingley to stay away from Jane due to her  lower social status as well as for the benefit of Caroline Bingley’s own quest for love.  Mr. Darcy reveals to Elizabeth that the “[Bingley’s] sisters’ uneasiness had been equally  excited with [his] own; our coincidence of feeling was soon discovered; and, a like  sensible that no time was to be lost in detaching their brother, we shortly resolved on  joining him directly in London” (PP 388). Additionally, the Bingley sisters, while  disapproving of Jane, offer a more suitable option for their brother: Georgiana Darcy, Mr.
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Darcy’s younger sister. This is revealed when Caroline Bingley announces, “I really do  not think Georgiana Darcy has her equal for beauty, elegance, and accomplishments […]  from the hope we dare to entertain of her being hereafter our sister” (PP 228). Elizabeth 
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