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|I think Mr Bennet may have said something off page
Written by kathleen (elder)
(4/25/2013 2:54 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr. Bennetís partiality for Wickham, penned by amytat
(so to speak). We don't see all of Mr Bennet's interactions w/ his family or w/ their other visitors. Elizabeth introduced Wickham to her parents shortly after the Netherfield Ball, so by the time of the Gardiners' visit, Mr Bennet had known Wickham about one month. I find it probable that Mr Bennet made some positive comment about Wickham OR that he made it clear that he enjoyed Wickham's conversation.
In a similar vein, we have Darcy's comment (in his letter) regarding "that total want of propriety so frequently, so almost uniformly betrayed by herself, by your three younger sisters, and occasionally even by your father." [emphasis mine] As far as we read, Mr Bennet only shows a want of propriety in Darcy's presence at the Netherfield Ball; Darcy says Occasionally, which implies more than once. It is quite likely that Mr Bennet could have behaved in such a manner at some other gathering, one which is not described for us.
I don't think that Elizabeth would have mentioned Mr Bennet's partiality for Wickham if she weren't sure that it existed. :-)
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