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Written by Lucy Jean
(1/11/2004 12:27 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Marys inferiority, penned by Johanna Elisabet
Maybe it wasn't her mother or her sisters she was trying to impress. I've always suspected that Mr. Bennet was much less cynical and withdrawn--happier and more involved with the family--when Jane and Elizabeth were children and he still had hope of producing an heir. When the third daughter arrived and that hope started to erode, he started to withdraw, and possibly started to openly criticize his wife--misdirected anger?
Mary might not have had what it takes to be the brilliant, accomplished woman she dreamed, but why would she not be able to pick up on her father's disdain for her mother just as Lizzie and Jane had?
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