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|I don't think so...
Written by Julianne E.
(1/13/2004 7:40 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs. B. delights in being vexed, penned by Captain Everett
]If Mrs. B's nerves have suffered from her husbands lack of compassion for over twenty years, why does she constantly set herself up to be the victim of his verbal barbs? The possibilities I can see are:
IMHO, it's a combination of 1 and 2, but not 3. In chapter 1 we learn that "Mr. Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve, and caprice, that the experience of three and twenty years had been insufficient to make his wife understand his character". The paragraph goes on to describe the limits of Mrs. Bennet's intelligence, so I don't think she understands why he continues to put her down and, therefore, continues to be upset when he does.
I agree, though, that she wants attention, and since she always reminds me of a child in many ways, I think she does value the negative attention she gets from her husband since that's about all the attention she gets from him.
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