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Written by Stephanie
(4/15/2010 5:15 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Wouldn't this be somewhat out of character, penned by Anselm
It might be out of character as a wit, and a negligent parent. But, assuming he valued his more sensible daughterS (not just Elizabeth, but Jane, as well), Mrs. Bennett's insensitivity to Jane's illness would be an irritant, and Mr. Bennett's hyperbole would be one reaction. If Jane dies, we will be comforted knowing her death was in a good cause? Not exactly a comment I would take at face value!
Perhaps I am projecting; I have sarcastically said things that I did not mean literally ("well, when I am dead in a ditch, I will be sure to call you," "he is going to drive me to drinking!" "he'll be here any minute; where's my whip and chair?"). I tend to take exaggerated comments with a grain of salt.
Whether we agree on Mr. Bennett's motive or not, did you think the comment had its effect on Elizabeth? After all, after he says it, we are told she was feeling really anxious. Perhaps his snide comment missed its original mark, and pricked the concern of the most sensible person within earshot!
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