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|Real evil existed from the beginning
Written by Karen G
(5/10/2010 1:17 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Depends on what you mean by "real evil", penned by Kathi
It is interesting that Jane Austen introduces the disconnect between Mrs. Bennet and Mr. Bennet at the end of Ch. 1, but does outright come and say that Mr. Bennet has no respect for his partner until the beginning of Ch. 42:
It is our knowledge (and Lizzy feels it, but no one else in the family has) that informs us of Mr. Bennet's impropriety:
Mr. Bennet has been this way since the beginning of this story. It is just that Elizabeth and we, the reader, are now very aware of it. We are arguing about a point of no return - where Mr. Bennet really breached teh bounds of respectability. But frankly, it's been bad from the get-go. Perhaps, we are actually starting to see things from Mr. Darcy's perspective!
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