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|What amazes me is that Austen had Mr Bennet so careless of
Written by AnnetteJ
(5/11/2010 8:44 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr. Bennet Gets a Clue, penned by BarbaraB
his daughter Lydia's virginity &, by not too much of a stretch, the virginity and reputation of all his daughters. These were girls without much future in the way of marriage because of the lack of a fortune, so that their assured bargaining chip would be a virginial state, if a marriage prospect entered the neighborhood. Whether we like to consider this true or not from our 21st century POV, it can be argued that virginity was considered the property of the FAMILY, not the individual girl. Loss of it before marriage, especially if pregnancy was the result, could be devastating to the other members, especially the unmarried sisters. Mr Bennet was careless with all of his "property" -- he had failed to set aside any money for the care of his wife and daughters after his death and he failed to safeguard the reputation of said daughters for the stupidest of reasons: the girls were too poor and too silly for any man to pay attention to them. Makes me want to slap Mr Bennet and Lydia!
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