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Written by Julianne E.
(2/15/2004 3:46 p.m.)
I really like the conversation between Elizabeth and her father when they discuss her engagement to Darcy. In previous readings I mostly dwelled on how much love Mr. Bennet had for his daughter and how much he wanted her to be happy. But something else came to mind this time around.
Mr. Bennet seems to be treating Elizabeth as an equal, or rather, like he would a man. He says to her, "I know your disposition, Lizzy. I know that you could be neither happy nor respectable, unless you truly esteemed your husband, unless you looked up to him as a superior...My child, let me not have the grief of seeing you unable to respect your partner in life."
Aside from the comment about looking up to her husband as a superior, he is showing great respect for Elizabeth's intelligence, IMO. He's not just trying to get his daughter married off to someone; he truly believes that she requires a husband superior to the average. It almost makes me forgive some of the other negligent things he does as a parent.
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