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|Mr Bennet did charge off to London in search of Lydia
Written by Tracy W
(6/15/2007 12:53 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr. Bennetís feelings after the elopement (long), penned by Robbin
Mr Bennet did charge off to London in search of Lydia, which does rather imply some concern for Lydia. He persists in his search for a while after Mr Gardiner has started trying to persuade him to come home.
I don't think pride has that strong a grasp on Mr Bennet. He's always been quite content to laugh at his family's follies as much as others. His desire to repay Mr Gardiner could as equally be motived by concern for Mr Gardiner's finances and children's welfare as pride.
Mr Bennet's comment "She is happy then ... and her residence there will probably be of some duration", sounds pained to me as well as dry. He's fully aware of what Lydia is, and her likely fate of coming onto the town, which was extremely unlikely to be a happy one.
I think Mr Bennet is also grieved for Lydia having to marry Wickham, even though it is the best outcome for her at this stage (at least by Elizabeth's thinking):
"Well, and what news does it bring -- good or bad?"
"What is there of good to be expected?" (chpt 49).
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