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Written by Kathi
(4/30/2007 4:05 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Daughters not present., penned by Lia
The girls may not have been present for the conversation in Chapter 1, but Kitty and Lydia are told in Chapter 7: "From all that I can collect by your manner of talking, you must be two of the silliest girls in the country. I have suspected it some time, but I am now convinced."
So the girls' presence didn't cause Mr. Bennet to be any more tactful, even if he wasn't actually comparing them in Chapter 7. I doubt that their presence would have any difference in Chapter 1 -- that particular situation may not have been dire, but there were other dire situations, and Mr. Bennet shows absolutely no concern for his daughters' feelings -- at least, not these two.
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