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|Re: Point 3
Written by ifung
(2/9/2004 1:38 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Some random musings from week 4, penned by Art
] 3) In chapter 42, the narrator says "Kitty might in time regain her natural degree of sense ..." So Kitty is by nature sensible, and she used to have sense, but lost it? Did anyone else find this to be quite the opposite of what they had thought of Kitty before?
I have always thought of Kitty as a follower, one who is influenced by those closest to her. Because Lydia is so headstrong and Kitty is closest to Lydia in age, she naturally falls into Lydia's orbit at the beginning of the novel. This situation is reinforced by Mrs. Bennet's indulgence of Lydia's whims, and Mr. Bennet's neglect of his younger daughters.
SPOILER: By the end of the novel, Lydia's influence is removed and Kitty falls under different influences (sorry for jumping ahead, but Chapter 61 is most relevant here):
Kitty, to her very material advantage, spent the chief of her time with her two elder sisters. In society so superior to what she had generally known, her improvement was great. She was not of so ungovernable a temper as Lydia: and, removed from the influence of Lydia's example, she became, by proper attention and management, less irritable, less ignorant, and less insipid. From the farther disadvantage of Lydia's society she was of course carefully kept...
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