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Written by Vania
(1/17/2004 1:14 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Chapter 7: Mrs Bennet's sister and Kitty & Lydia, penned by kathleen (elder)
.. in this chapter is that Mrs. Bennet received 4,000 from her attorney-father. It's possible that both Mrs. Phillips and Mr. Gardiner received around the same amount, much more than the Bennet girls. The elder Gardiner must have been a little more responsible than Mr. Bennet, financially at least, despite having 2 very silly daughters!
We're told that Kitty and Mary went to Meryton 3 or 4 times a week. I can imagine Mrs. Phillips and Mrs. Bennet doing almost the same thing as young ladies; walking all over town, gossiping and acquainting themselves with the officers.
I do agree with your assessment of Mary, she tried to improve herself. Also, note that Kitty was disconcerted when her father called them (his youngest daughters) "silliest girls" whereas Lydia was completely indifferent. There's a tiny difference there after all.
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