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|Avoiding Mrs. Bennet's nagging
Written by Kathi
(4/13/2010 7:06 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, There's also the possibility, penned by Nancy Ann
But if Mrs. Bennet's nagging really bothered Mr. Bennet, why does he exacerbate it? He could have avoided the whole scene with one sentence, but instead he draws it out. I think that that suggests that Mr. Bennet's behavior is, instead, explained by the amusement he gets from making his wife look silly.
Even if disliking Mrs. Bennet's nagging (if, indeed, she does nag) explains Mr. Bennet's behavior, it certainly doesn't excuse it. Stringing Mrs. Bennet along creates, or at least exacerbates, an unpleasant atmosphere in the household, and everyone who lives there suffers.
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