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Written by Kathi
(1/11/2004 11:35 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr. Bennet as a father, penned by Jane C
] JA describes him finding pleasure in life through his reading and solitude in his library and delighting in silliness wherever he sees it - even in his wife and three younger daughters. JA implies, I think, that the alternative would have been for him to have taken a mistress. So he deserves some credit for not doing that.
He could be worse, but taking a mistress is not his only alternative. Another alternative would be for him to live up to his responsibilities to his family.
] I see him as withdrawing from harsh reality by refusing to take anything or anyone seriously.
To some extent, he creates the reality. I don't say that Mrs. Bennet would be a model of sense and propriety if he didn't vex her, but he does make her worse by vexing her for his own amusement.
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