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Written by Laraine
(4/15/2010 7:30 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ch. 9: There is quite as much of that going on, penned by Kathryn Ann
in this case, the referent is "people themselves alter so much"--Mrs. Bennet is, ineptly, trying to defend her life style by saying that country people are not static, unvarying, uninteresting characters.
But Mr. Darcy didn't say they were dull and unchanging. Everyone is embarassed because Mrs. Bennet showed herself to be incapable of following the lightly witty repartee.
Lizzy tries to make up for her mother's incomprehension (and narrowmindedness), and she does a reasonably good job, but the superior sisters won't let it rest.
Mr. Darcy's attitude about not making fun of the Bennets is meant to show us that he is starting to fall for Elizabeth.
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