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|Am I alone in having sympathy for Mrs Bennet?
Written by AnnetteJ
(5/22/2010 10:17 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Great analysis of a complex character. On the surface, penned by AnnetteJ
It seems to me that Mrs B was an attractive, even beautiful young woman, probably with some of Lydia's sexual allure, when Mr B married her (and if she married young, she is probably not more than 40 when the novel opens, although she is generally played as a matronly figure in films). Apparently Mr B didn't realize until too late that she was not his intellectual equal and began to withdraw from her. The entail, five daughters, and an indifferent husband probably began to play on a weak mind and turned her into a figure that I feel deserves some of our sympathy. After all, if she is a fool, Mr Bennet is the one who married her, so who is the bigger fool?
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