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Written by BarbaraB
(5/6/2010 4:35 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, IMO, penned by Lisa Dalrymple
It's very true that he might be expecting that "she will not be noticed much by any of the officers, and it will help to 'put her in her place'". I don't know why he would though. These are the very same people she was hanging out with in Meryton and she's following them to Brighton. Lydia and Kitty discuss the officers incessantly, chase and flirt after them, they go the homes of officers' wives, they are at the same social functions, and the officers visit them in their homes. They live and breathe officers and must know a number of them quite well. Mr. Bennet has witnessed all this and all he does is pronounce them silly girls. Once Lydia gets permission, she is in raptures, flying about the house in restless ecstasy...laughing, talking with violence. This alone should have him thinking he might want to reconsider. Even once she gets to Brighton, her letters are full of being attended to the library by officers so they are not ignoring her. And no matter what excuses Mr. Bennet comes up with to rationalize giving his permission he has to know that all officers are not just looking for women to marry. The fact that Lydia isn't a good candidate for marriage, should scare him to death not appease him.
"...this would be a completely different story". Oh, my, I can not censure you for these words because there is a niggling in the back of my mind that I once upon a long time ago used them myself. LOL. However, I would like to respond to how I look at it now.
Plot is the foundation of all fiction---every word, character, conversation, etc. working for the benefit of it but it is written with a theme (it's reason for being) that can be applied to real life therefore it follows, imo, that situations and characters could likewise be applied that way. If a novel was discussed only in the terms of "that's how it was written" there would be little to say. Why have a discussion of whether or not Charlotte should or should not have married Mr. Collins if in fact she married him for the sake of the plot. I see myself as commenting on the personality I see written and what I like or don't like about that particular personality or the action/s of a person/character. When I read, I immerse myself in the story responding to it as though I am a part of it either as someone I am identifying with and/or as an invisible observer at the scene but staying within the context of the story. I like Mr. Bennet also. He can be charming and witty. If he were a bachelor I don't know if I could find anything negative to say about him. But he is a husband and father who seemingly shows no concern for the fate of his family when he is gone. What really bothers me is that he not only doesn't help, he makes jokes about it and is a hindrance in the situation. But, then, just my humble opinion. :)
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