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Written by Adrian
(4/15/2010 2:07 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs. Bennet shows resentment (ch3) therefore proves envy, penned by Akaruihi
...Lady Lucas (the highest ranking wife in the community) and Mrs. Bennet (the wife of the chief landowner in the immediate community). Mrs. Bennet seems to have no shortage of pride herself. She fights fiercely for her daughters, tries to shame Mr. Bennet into visiting Bingley by saying Sir William was among the first (which Mr. Bennet--in Mrs. B's opinion--should have been, and perhaps was), and she counts it a coup that Bingley danced twice with Jane but a downer that he danced with Charlotte first.
I'd say there's plenty of attempts at one-upsmanship going on around Merryton and Longbourn. (The carriage race in P&P0 was an apt and humorous metaphor.)
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