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|I take Mr. Bennet's remark another way....
Written by jeffrey
(4/25/2013 8:55 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr. Bennetís partiality for Wickham, penned by amytat
To me, here is Mr. Bennet at his cynical and sarcastic best in having a little fun at his favorite daughter's expense. I read this as "if you're going to be jilted it may as well be by someone who is handsome, personable, and agreeable."
Then about two lines later, to strengthen the tone of the conversation, he pokes fun at his uncomprehending wife with this barb:
"....."True," said Mr. Bennet, "but it is a comfort to think that whatever of that kind may befall you, you have an affectionate mother who will always make the most of it."
I think Mr. Bennet, as is his habit (because he knows he is really good at it), is merely 'sporting' with Elizabeth and not taking the matter at all seriously.
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