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|I don't say that Kitty and Lydia
Written by Graciela
(6/11/2007 9:56 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sister relationships (Long), penned by Robbin
When Elizabeth decided to go to Netherfirld to see Jane:.
"I admire the activity of your benevolence," observed Mary, "but every impulse of feeling should be guided by reason; and, in my opinion, exertion should always be in proportion to what is required." (Ch. 7)
It doesn't sound as if Mary is too worried for Jane. Kitty and Lydia did accompany E., but only to Meryton; it could be an excuse to go and see the officers.
You mention Kitty's reaction to Lydia's trip. What about Lydia? In Lydia's imagination, a visit to Brighton comprised every possibility of earthly happiness.(Ch. 41); then follows an account of Lydia's fantasies, imagining herself with lots of officers dressed in red coats and flirting with them. There's no indication that Lydia regret that Kitty didn't go with her.
The separation between her and her family was rather noisy than pathetic. Kitty was the only one who shed tears; but she did weep from vexation and envy.(Ch. 41)
I agree that Lydia and Kitty share secrets and that they may have some kind of affection, but how strong was it?
Lydia tells Mary that she wished that Mary went with them, but I'm not sure that she really wants that. After Mary gives a moralizing answer and says that she prefers reading, JA says:
But of this answer Lydia heard not a word. She seldom listened to anybody for more than half a minute, and never attended to Mary at all.
Of course, Jane and Elizabeth worry for all their sisters; I'm not sure that it was reciprocated. Jane says in chapter 47, that she was sure that Kitty and Mary would have help but she didn't think it necessary. For what is said earlier in the same chapter, I don't think so.
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