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Written by Kathi
(6/17/2007 8:41 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Encouraged to read?, penned by Tracy W
It may depend on what she read -- I wonder to what extent Mr. Bennet consulted his daughters' tastes when ordering books for his library. I find it difficult to imagine that he ordered books with heroines of any description on his own. On the other hand, after JA's wonderful defense of the novel in NA, I find it hard to believe that a heroine of hers wouldn't read novels, so even if her father didn't buy them, maybe she borrowed them. And perhaps reading works of philosophy, which is the kind of book I can imagine Mr. Bennet favoring, would help an intelligent girl develop a sense of how to treat other people.
Studying people also seems likely to have had an impact, even if the examples were negative. Certainly the negative example of her parents taught her a few things, and even if we don't meet them, I hope there were decent people in Meryton whose example she could learn from.
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