“I see no occasion for that. You and the girls may go, or you may send them by themselves, which perhaps will be still better, for as you are as handsome as any of them, Mr. Bingley may like you the best of the party.” ( Pride and Prejudice)

I don't understand why "for" and "as" are used together, what do they mean respectively?
It sounds like "for" means "because" though.

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    ...For (because), as you are as handsome as any of them, Mr. B. may like you the best... There are already a lot of commas in the sentence, but adding another might have made it clearer. Commented Dec 15, 2020 at 14:05

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You're just confused. As you've mentioned 'for' means 'because'. And after that comes "as you are / as handsome as / many of them...". Just add a coma after 'for' and it will be clearer. It's just some punctuation error.

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