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Written by Katy B
(4/29/2007 6:42 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Along similar lines, penned by Line
Yes, I was surprised when rereading the first few chapters, that JA mentions that Bingley has 5 sisters: "The girls grieved over such a number of ladies, but were comforted the day before the ball by hearing that instead of twelve he had brought only six with him from London -- his five sisters and a cousin. And when the party entered the assembly room it consisted of only five altogether -- Mr. Bingley, his two sisters, the husband of the eldest, and another young man." (Chpater 3)
My focus is the writer's craft and her development/revelation of the characters throughout the novel. With this and other passages in the first few chapters, I notice how JA doesn't give us too much information, but only that which fits in with the story so far. Thus the exchange between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet which reveals how three of their daughters are viewed by them: Jane is pretty, Lizzy is clever, and Lydia is good-humored. (Chapter 1). In Chapter 2, we learn a little about Mary: "'What say you, Mary? for you are a young lady of deep reflection, I know, and read great books and make extracts.'
Mary wished to say something very sensible, but knew not how."
Of course, as others have mentioned, the dynamics of the Bennet marriage is revealed in the early chapters through the humorous and vivid exchanges between husband and wife.
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