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|Lizzy and Jane
Written by Hannah M
(1/11/2004 2:25 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Bennet Sisters -- basic descriptions, penned by kathleen (elder)
] In Chapter 1, we hear about the Bennet sisters from their parents. Mr Bennet calls them all silly with the possible exception of Lizzy, whom he describes as having "quickness" and who is obviously his favorite. Mrs Bennet seems to have 2 favorites: Jane and Lydia, whom their mother describes as handsome and good-humoured, respectively.
I found it interesting that Lizzy is not immediatly singled out as the star of the book. It does not become apparent that she is the focus until Chapter 3 or 4. Of course, everyone knows that the book is about her.
] In Chapter 3, the narrator tells us that Bingley "had entertained hopes of being admitted to a sight of the young ladies, of whose beauty he had heard much," and later, at the Meryton Assembly, both Darcy & Bingley praise Jane's beauty.
At the end of chapter 4 Darcy tells Bingley that Jane smiles too much and "Mrs. Hurst and her sister allowed it to be so--but still they admired her and liked her..."
Do you think that they really thought Jane smiled too much, or were only saying so because Darcy had said it?
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