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Written by Jo Y
(1/16/2004 7:54 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Bennets, penned by Annette J
I like your ideas. Mr and Mrs Bennet being an example of a couple who married, perhaps, without really knowing each other and subsequently discovered they were so very different in personality. A contrast to Lizzie's desire expressed early to Jane in Ep 1 of P&P2, while not the book, for only entering matrimony with "the very deepest love" (picks up the "fine, stout, healthy love" she throws at Darcy in their "discussion" about poetry as the food of love?). Mr Bennet strikes me as an honourable gentleman, who after 23 years of marriage, has long accepted an unequal partnership with Mrs Bennet, but "copes" with his lot/accepts the consequences of his choice of life partner, by resorting to ascerbic comments and observations about those around him to make life tolerable. It is often those closest who bear the brunt of these barbs. In Mrs Bennet, she allows them to vex her. In Lizzie, he has a fellow sharp, but not so caustic, observer, of the folly around them, but has also given rise to a desire within her not to enter marriage without love and respect for her partner.
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