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|A softer side of Mr. Bennet.
Written by Srirup
(5/2/2013 4:24 a.m.)
So far all we have seen of Mr. Bennet is a harsh and cynical side. We know that he has a soft spot for Jane and especially Elizabeth but even with them he is cynical. Elizabeth of course takes it in her stride. The following text from chapter 24 comes to mind
Mr. Bennet treated the matter differently. "So, Lizzy," said he one day, "your sister is crossed in love, I find. I congratulate her. Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then. It is something to think of, and gives her a sort of distinction among her companions. When is your turn to come? You will hardly bear to be long outdone by Jane. Now is your time. Here are officers enough at Meryton to disappoint all the young ladies in the country. Let Wickham be your man. He is a pleasant fellow, and would jilt you creditably."
"Thank you, sir, but a less agreeable man would satisfy me. We must not all expect Jane's good fortune."
However later in chapter 41 in the discussion about allowing Lydia to go to Brighton he starts off in the same vein:
"Already arisen?" repeated Mr. Bennet. "What, has she frightened away some of your lovers? Poor little Lizzy! But do not be cast down. Such squeamish youths as cannot bear to be connected with a little absurdity are not worth a regret. Come, let me see the list of pitiful fellows who have been kept aloof by Lydia's folly."
But a little later he softens completely, possibly for the first time in the novel:
Mr. Bennet saw that her whole heart was in the subject, and affectionately taking her hand said in reply: "Do not make yourself uneasy, my love. Wherever you and Jane are known you must be respected and valued;
I really like this father–daughter scene.
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