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Written by Chandra S
(4/8/2013 11:26 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Doesn't seem to agree to what is told, penned by Graciela
whenever I read it. (...for in general, you know, they visit no newcomers. Ch. 1) Mrs. Bennet seems to have a very mistaken idea of what will "inspire" Mr. Bennet to visit Mr. Bingley. Emphasizing that the only reason for Sir William and Lady Lucas to visit is to marry off daughters, implying that they are "competition" and Mr. Bennet should be concerned, seems to me like a very manipulative tactic - and very wrongheaded.
I am fully convinced that
a) Mr. Bennet knew full well that Sir William Lucas would visit a new gentleman, single or otherwise
b) Mrs. Bennet, after at least two decades of marriage, did not know her husband's character well enough to realize that he will visit because it is the right thing to do
c) Mrs. Bennet, after at least two decades of marriage, does not understand her husband at all if she thought this "look, if you don't move on this opportunity someone else will" tactic had any chance of changing his mind
In other words, I think she is so inclined to take things at face value that when Mr. B says he will NOT, she believes him - and instantly becomes frantic and tries desperate tactics of exaggeration and manipulation.
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