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Written by OlgaI
(4/26/2010 5:10 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Bennet girls' education, penned by Cheryl
between elder and younger Bennets girls strikes. Someone in another discussion very reasonably said that Austen often gives us fine characters brought up in not too fine families, without any explanation why. So we have to just take it for granted.
I copy here my latest post in the P&P board, it is on Mr B but also concerns his daughters' formation:
I think Mr Bennet's contribution to or supervision of Jane and Elizabeth's education was making the difference. They are not too accomplished but they are sensible and well-mannered and have the right principles. That could make them go on with their studies as they would. And the younger girls were not given that core stimulus so they just didn't want to do anything unless forced to. Well, Mary also had her vanity to stimulate her :)
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