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|Too bad, so sad...
Written by Roisin
(5/22/2010 10:23 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr. Bennet (Final Analysis) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, penned by BarbaraB
Firstly, there's absolutely nothing he can do about it. No matter what he does, how much he saves or how he acts, the property will be lost upon his death. The entailment is settled.
I believe this is why he allowed Mr Collins a visit. By making amends with him, Mr. Bennet can hope Mr. Collins will allow the family to stay on once he should pass. I even think, if Mr. Collins had shown interest in any one of the younger girls, namely Mary, he may have favored, and even encouraged, their marriage. There's nothing that says Mr. Collins *will* evict Mrs. Bennet and the girls. He could very well allow them to rent the property.
I also think the lack of visible concern of the situation would be very typical of gentlemen at the time. To appear unaffected while being quite the opposite isn't an uncommon occurrence. Worrying is weakness. We know he regrets the way he's done things, not saving for the future in hopes of having a son.
His lack of empathy for Mrs. Bennet's theatrical distress over the entailment could just be a product of time. I truly believe she is one who would have started fretting over it about 20 minutes after Jane was born. After 23 years of hearing it, his reaction is not surprisingly minimal.
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