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Written by AnnetteJ
(5/7/2010 9:38 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr. Bennet thinks Lydia is silly, not stupid!, penned by Adrian
interest in his children, with the exception of Lizzy (and possible exception of Jane). He seems to accept no parental responsibility for their behavior, or actions, or the possibility of a less than favorable outcome for a trip away from home with a woman who seems about on the same emotional level as Lydia herself. Not the first time we see Jane Austen send an impressionable young girl on a journey with an indifferent guardian -- think Northanger Abbey. I have often wondered how the dynamics of this family would have changed had there been a male heir -- would Mr B have been as indifferent to him as he is to his girls? In a modern family with no boys the father sometimes attempts to establish a quasi-father/son relationship with one of the daughters, and I can see a little bit of that here with Lizzy: "Man to man, dear Lizzy, etc etc>"
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