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|Mrs. Bennet's knowledge of geography
Written by Line
(2/18/2004 7:08 p.m.)
In ch.53, I like the way Mrs. Bennet tells Bingley that Lydia and Wickham "are gone down to Newcastle, a place quite northward, it seems". Even I, a Canadian, know that Newcastle is in the north of England (maybe the northernmost city of all? I'm not sure). The fact that Mrs. Bennet seems to have spent 40+ years without figuring out the general location of this city, or realizing that other people would probably know it, is another subtle (and funny) example of her ignorance, IMO.
I also enjoy the way she says in ch.54: "My dear Jane, I never saw you look in greater beauty. Mrs. Long said so too, for I asked her whether you did not." Nothing like fishing for a compliment!
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