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|Encouraged to read?
Written by Tracy W
(6/17/2007 7:41 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Where did that good breeding come from?, penned by Kathi
Elizabeth is intelligent, and we are told that she was encouraged to read as part of her education, so that could explain it, she could model her behaviour on the more practical of novel's heroines :)
Plus I think she also observed people around her throughout her life. We have perpetual reminders that she is a studier of character, eg she observes the Binglettes (chpt 4), she draws her own conclusions about her father's treatment of his wife (chpt 42), she puzzles over Darcy (see nearly the whole book). She'd observe what was going on in Meryton families and how people dealt with it, and from that draw her own conclusions about how to treat difficult family relationships.
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