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|Advice to Lizzy from others regarding Wickham
Written by Karen G
(4/27/2010 11:03 p.m.)
I think I've never quite understood what Mr. Bennet was getting at, unless it really was merely teasing Elizabeth to be like her sister Jane, "crossed in love". Does anyone think that Mr. Bennet was trying to give Lizzy any commendation in any way? Or is he pointing out to Lizzy that she should only be crossed in love but not think seriously about him beyond that. After all, he ended his suggestion with the fact that he'll "jilt" Lizzy.
Mr. Bennet's comments are the only direct information we get from Mr. Bennet to Lizzy about Wickham.
Then later, when their Aunt Gardiner comes to visit, she gives some sound advice re: Wickham and also references Lizzy's father (Ch. 25):
I guess I am almost surprised that Mrs. Gardiner references Mr. Bennet, since you would think that she would be more partial to her husband's sister (despite her silliness), and think of her more than her sister-in-law's husband. She says more for Mr. Bennet than he himself has said.
Any thoughts on this?
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