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|main reason for no sympathy for Mrs. B - JA herself
Written by Karen G
(5/23/2010 7:36 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Am I alone in having sympathy for Mrs Bennet?, penned by AnnetteJ
IMO, the dawn of sympathy for Mrs. Bennet has occurred in the intro's to the Jane Austen series on public television describing the society in Jane Austen's day, and an intro to P&P3. P&P3's Mrs. Bennet is shown in a more sympathetic light than Alison Steadman's version in P&P2. The book shows Mrs. Bennet in an awful, so if there is little sympathy, it really kind of starts with the author herself. But it's good to get the balanace and to have some sympathy for Mrs. B. The readership in JA's time might have been more sympathetic despite the bias of the omniscient narrator, being more familiar with the burdens of having only daughters and an estate entailed away from the immediate family.
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