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Written by Chandra S
(4/8/2013 11:47 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I like this because, penned by Jean B
Mrs. Bennet, at least, assumes that Lady Lucas and Mrs. Long are motivated by the prospect of husband-catching for their respective young ladies.
Mrs. Bennet does not seem terribly adept at pinpointing peoples' motives, however, so it is possible that Lady Lucas and Mrs. Long see the new neighbor simply as a novelty, an addition to their society. To paraphrase my beloved Mrs. B herself, "we are not in a way to know what Mrs. Long thinks, since we are not to hear from her in these chapters!"
I wonder if perhaps Mrs. Long is not so selfish, so hypocritical, nor so cutthroat as Mrs. Bennet paints her here. After all, to refuse to introduce the Bennets to Mr. Bingley (if she does know him herself by the time of the assembley) would show her off as unmannerly - and might reflect poorly on her nieces, at least a little. I think even if she is actively shopping on the marriage market for the nieces, she might not behave as Mrs. Bennet says she will in Ch. 2.
It is beginning to seem to me that Mrs. Bennet loves to exaggerate in order to reinforce whatever point she is trying to make - good or bad. I think I will not trust too much to what she says of other characters.
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