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|Why such a harsh view of Mr. B?
Written by Karen G
(5/23/2010 5:48 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, repaying Darcy, penned by Bridget D
I believe the reason why Mr. Bennet is willing to let Mr. Darcy handle this is because, he can very well afford it. Mr. Gardiner would not have been able to, which is what worried Mr. Bennet so much. The bailout would not have taken place without Darcy. $10,000.00 was Mr. Bennet's estimate, and he couldn't imagine how Mr. Gardiner could afford that. And further more, Mr. Gardiner had absolutely nothing to do with Wickham, (despite Mrs. Bennet's assertion that why should he not pay for his neice? Mrs. Bennet might have pressured Mr. Bennet not to pay back her brother, since she is the one who doesn't know how to economize, according Jane Austen herself.)
Again, I just don't understand the reason for the Mr. Bennet bashing here. Jane Austen created a faulty character (2 faulty characters) such as Mr. Bennet and Mrs. Bennet to showcase Elizabeth Bennet, who has some wonderful characteristics inherited by her father such as witty repartee, and a mind of her own. Again, if you had a perfect father in Mr. Bennet, you wouldn't have this story. So, why blame him? I'm glad Jane Austen wrote him just as he is.
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