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Written by Cheryl
(4/20/2010 4:20 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The nature of an entail, penned by Kevin S
It's difficult to understand, isn't it? I think she gets that an entail is an inheritance which goes through the male line, but not that it isn't something that can't be broken or changed if one wanted to. In ch. 23 she says:
"I never can be thankful, Mr. Bennet, for anything about the entail. How any one could have the conscience to entail away an estate from one's own daughters, I cannot understand; and all for the sake of Mr. Collins too! -- Why should he have it more than anybody else?"
She understands that it's going to Mr Collins, but doesn't seem to get that it can't be changed to go the daughters. It seems to be willful blindness on her part, but rooted in fear for what will become of her and the girls if Mr Bennet dies. She knows that all the complaining in the world won't change it - or at least it hasn't up til now - but she can't get over it. She just refuses to accept it. Poor dear.
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