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Written by Julianne E.
(2/8/2004 3:35 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Some random musings from week 4, penned by Art
]2) In chapter 39, Lydia says something that I would never expect her to say: "Oh! Mary ... I wish you had gone with us, for we had such fun!" Then almost immediately after, the narrator says Lydia "never attended to Mary at all" -- which is what I had always thought. So where did that "wish you had gone with us" come from? I don't think Lydia would notice whether Mary was there or not, and Mary would certainly not partake of any of Lydia's "fun".
Sorry to say I can only comment on your #2, which does seem strange coming from Lydia. I think it's only an off-hand comment she makes to Mary, in order to give her more of a chance to talk.
In fact, it reminds me of when Mrs. Bennet said to Mr. Bennet after the Meryton Assembly in Ch. 3: "Not handsome enough to dance with! I wish you had been there, my dear, to have given him one of your set-downs. I quite detest the man." I've always thought that Mrs. Bennet couldn't care less if her husband is with her (from the prospective of her having a better time), just as Lydia, as you said, doesn't notice Mary at all. They just each like to talk, IMO.
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