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|Mr Bennet's insensitivity
Written by Nina RG
(4/21/2010 1:35 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, For Mr. Bennet's Amusement, penned by BarbaraB
Unless failing to provide a son who would live to cut off the entail can be called neglect, you can't blame Mr Bennet here. That Mr Collins may turn them all out of the house as soon as he pleases is a fact, AFAIK. Mr Bennet can do nothing about that. But the joke is still inapropriate and untactful it's true.
As to your second point I can't blame Mr Bennet anything there. Everybody is tired and quiet, except for Mrs Bennet and Mr Collins. Mr Bennet is not annoying anyone here or making any cruel jokes. He is quiet but instead of thinking "Oh, this is awkward, when will the carriages be here? I want to go home" he is silently enjoying the scene. Why not make the best of a bad situation?
But I agree with you that Mr Bennet does come off badly in many situations and is losing some of his charm. I've always liked him but...I guess my eyes have been opened to his insensitivity.
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