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|Chapter 7: Mrs Bennet's sister and Kitty & Lydia
Written by kathleen (elder)
(1/16/2004 7:57 p.m.)
"however bare of news the country in general might be, they [Kitty & Lydia] always contrived to learn some from their aunt [Phillips]."
I wonder if Kitty & Lydia are a bit like younger versions of Mrs Phillips & Mrs Bennet?
JA also tells us more explicitly that Kitty & Lydia are the silliest of the Bennet daughters. After mentioning the close distance (1 mile) of Meryton to Longbourne, and that the Bennet girls frequently visited there, the narrator says that the
"Catherine and Lydia, were particularly frequent in these attentions; their minds were more vacant than their sisters', and when nothing better offered, a walk to Meryton was necessary to amuse their morning hours and furnish conversation for the evening"
As affected, pedantic, and conceited as Mary was, she at least tried to improve her mind. Kitty & Lydia don't appear to have anything to talk about if they haven't heard some news from a visit to Meryton.
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