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|Definitely realistic, IMO
Written by Line
(4/29/2010 9:32 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, stock characters vs realistic characters, penned by Heather Leigh
How interesting that you find Mr. Bennet a stock character, Heather. To me, he is a very real and three-dimensional person, whom I could easily imagine meeting in my 21st-century world, and I'm one of those who can't help being fond of him, despite his faults. I agree with you about the other stock characters, and don't forget poor Mary, the stereotypical Bluestocking! Mr. Bennet's "young ladies like to be crossed in love" speech does rub me the wrong way, though, because it proves to me that he is just as clueless as his wife about how unhappy Jane really is.
To BarbaraB: Thanks for listing the times when Elizabeth checks herself to avoid hurting people's feelings! I knew they were there, but never tried listing them before. Your examples prove that she has sensitivity to go with her humour, unlike her father.
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