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|I agree -- Lydia's behaviour is all too consistent
Written by kathleen (elder)
(2/15/2004 11:34 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, But it's a realistic picture , isn't it?, penned by JulieW
JA describes/portrays Lydia from the beginning as pretty much set in her ways -- willfully so, it seems to me. I do think her behaviour at the end of the novel is consistent with her character as seen in the early chapters.
And JA doesn't give Lydia a life-changing conversion of any sort, nor a major punishment for being a bad girl. This seems realistic to me, especially within the dynamics of the Bennet family.
I think this realism and consistency is part of what makes the novel so readable and enjoyable nearly 200 years after JA wrote it. :-)
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