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Written by Mary B
(6/1/2007 11:58 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Indeed! And I find it reprehensible..., penned by Emmy
“Your mother must have been quite a slave to your education.” Elizabeth could hardly help smiling, as she assured her that had not been the case.(I read this as Elizabeth was have trouble not laughing as LC has so missed the mark with respect to Mrs. Bennet)
LC replies: “Then who taught you? Who attended to you? Without a governess you must have been neglected.” (Lizzy states) Compared with some families, I believe we were; but such of us as wished to learn, never wanted the means. We were always encouraged to read, and had all the masters that were necessary. Those who chose to be idle, certainly might.”
Here Lizzy admits they were neglected and this helps explain the difference between the two older Bennet daughters and Lydia and Kitty. Because they’re idle their education is scant and probably didn’t go beyond the basics. Mary works hard but lacks Lizzy intelligence and needs a mentor to guide her in the right direction. Lizzy is highly motivated by her intelligence to learn about everything. Jane is easy going so if she’s encouraged to read she does so.
This passage also makes me more sympathetic to Mrs. Bennet. If Jane is 23 and Lydia is 15 then Mrs. B has had 5 babies in 8 years. She’s responsible for home schooling all 5 of these children in addition to running the household. She gets no help or encouragement from her husband and he seems to take delight in provoking her. To add to her stress she and the 5 children could be homeless at any moment since the estate is entailed and she has failed to produce a son. It’s a lot of stress for a simple minded woman. I can’t help but believe that a lot of the problems with the Bennet family are the fault of Mr. B who hides behind the silliness of his wife. He’s certainly not the take charge guy that Mr. Darcy is.
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