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|Mr. Bennet thinks Lydia is silly, not stupid!
Written by Adrian
(5/6/2010 6:25 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Why Let Lydia Go?, penned by Aaron
Why on earth would Mr. Bennet (or Mrs. Bennet or Jane or Lizzy or anyone else) think Lydia would be so totally depraved to throw away her virtue (if that's what people are suggesting)? That's a lot different than flirting and making a spectacle of oneself.
I do not condone Mr. Bennet's negligence, but during Lizzy's appeal, she presents no real evidence. Although Lizzy is more clever than her younger sister, Mr. Bennet could easily see Lizzy's worry as something comparable to Kitty and Lydia's arguing over a hat and suppose that what Lizzy needed most was reassurance.
Mr. Bennet knows no idea what will happen in Brighton; his response to Lizzy may not be what we would like--knowing as we do what Lizzy knows--but compared to Mr. Bennet's actions earlier in the story, his response to Lizzy is not so over the top as people are making it out to be.
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