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|Not to excuse Mr Bennet's behaviour, but ...
Written by kathleen (elder)
(1/12/2004 9:40 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, An odd recreation., penned by Mandy N
It is possible that Mr Bennet did try to improve his wife in the earlier years of their marriage. Perhaps he encouraged her to read so they could discuss books, or perhaps his teasing started out more gently -- more like flirting, for example.
By the time we meet them, they have been married more than 20 years. He has most likely given up on improving his wife.
I do agre that baiting her is not proper behaviour, but he could, instead, yell at her or completely ignore her, which wouldn't be an improvement either.
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