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Written by Line
(1/13/2004 8:12 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr & Mrs Bennet, penned by Annette J
...I always assumed that Mrs. Bennet had to be at least 40, since Jane was over 22 (plus at least 9 months...) Even in those days, I think 17 was on the young side of the "normal" age for a girl to marry. In fact, I was surprised to read in our recent GR The Gentleman's Daughter, that at the time the mean age of marriage for noblewomen (and presumably for the gentry too) was 24 years and 9 months (not age 20, as we tend to think from reading JA's novels! ;-)
As for Mr. Bennet's remark about his wife's beauty, I thought he would never admit it if it weren't obviously true. As it is, he delivered his compliment in a way that ensured that his wife wouldn't be able to take more than a moment's pleasure from it!
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