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|The business of her life
Written by Lucy Jean
(1/11/2004 12:57 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Jane & Mrs B, penned by Annette J
] My assesment of the sisters and their relationship to their mother has generally been that she is the closest in temperment to the flighty Kitty and Lydia, fondest of Jane, intimidated by Elizabeth, and tolerates poor Mary. I also don't underestimate Mrs B, as she has an unenviable task in trying to marry off five daughters with no fortune..she also has little help from Mr B, although he did go to see Bingley
"It was the business of [Mrs. Bennet's] life to get her daughters married."--Perhaps she preferred her daughters in the order in which she thought they could assist her with that business. Jane because of her beauty and Lydia because of her liveliness seemed the most likely to snare husbands who could then promote marriages for the other--er, less adept--girls. Lizzie's temperament was probably seen by Mrs. Bennet as a definite disability in the marriage arena and she probably figured Lizzy would be no help to her at all.
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