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Written by Kathi
(5/9/2010 9:16 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Why is it that only Lizzy objects?, penned by Karen G
That Mr. Bennet is taking the role of a spectator rather than the person responsible for Lydia's safety and respectabity, that, as you say, he doesn't seem to see that the buck stops with him, was exactly his problem. He is the person responsible. Why do you defend him, or at least suggest that he is less culpable, on that basis?
The people you say didn't object:
Mrs. Bennet -- Where in the book is there the slightest suggestion that Mr. Bennet has any respect at all for Mrs. Bennet's opinion, or that he was the least swayed by it?
Mary -- ditto
Jane -- It's a little difficult to see Jane being critical enough of another person to actually criticize their decision to their face.
neighbors -- We don't actually know that the neighbors weren't critical -- I'd be surprised if they weren't. However, they apparently didn't express their criticisms, if they had any, to Mr. Bennet.
That a daughter is actually concerned about a situation to go to her father and criticize his decision in a time when that was a much more serious breach of convention than it is now, especially when it was a daughter whose intelligence he does seem to have some respect for, should indeed have given Mr. Bennet a lot more pause than it did, even before he listened to her arguments.
Yes, Mr. Bennet does claim to believe that the trip will do Lydia some good, but that seem to me the most specious of all his specious rationalizations. I can't imagine that anyone that knows Lydia would really believe that faced with her own insignificance (if that, indeed, is what has happened), Lydia would have gone away with her tail between her legs rather than redoubling her efforts to be noticed.
So I still can't agree with Adrian's arguments.
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