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Written by Jasmine D
(4/8/2013 6:39 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, On my first read of the novel..., penned by Erica M.
I was struck by that too. It seems that beneath Mr. Bennet's wit and sarcasm there are some veiled insults. He knows that they Mrs. Bennet will not understand him. But still, his comments strike me as being rather mean, for lack of a better word.
Consider this exchanged:
"My dear, you flatter me. I certainly have had my share of beauty, but I do not pretend to be any thing extraordinary now. When a woman has five grown-up daughters she ought to give over thinking of her own beauty."
"In such cases a woman has not often much beauty to think of."
Yes, he had just said that she was "handsome". Yet the next remark suggests that she does not have much beauty. It seems like a deliberate jab. He's almost smart-alecky, in a way. This humor at the expense of others it not a proper way to treat others, especially a wife.
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