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Written by Robbin
(6/18/2007 7:02 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Jane and Lizzy, penned by Kathi
On the following Monday Mrs. Bennet had the pleasure of receiving her brother and his wife, who came as usual to spend the Christmas at Longbourn. Mr. Gardiner was a sensible, gentlemanlike man, greatly superior to his sister, as well by nature as education. The Netherfield ladies would have had difficulty in believing that a man who lived by trade, and within view of his own warehouses, could have been so well-bred and agreeable. Mrs. Gardiner, who was several years younger than Mrs. Bennet and Mrs. Philips, was an amiable, intelligent, elegant woman, and a great favourite with all her Longbourn nieces. Between the two eldest and herself especially there subsisted a very particular regard. They had frequently been staying with her in town. (Chapter 25)
I agree Kathi. I too think Jane and Lizzy benefit immensely from their relationship with Aunt Gardiner and uncle too. Kitty and Lydia spend much of their time visiting silly Aunt Phillips who helped dress Chamberlayne in women’s clothes in Chapter 39 and whose husband ensured the officers were often invited to dinner with his nieces in attendance per Chapter 9. I think the Gardiners sense has a countering effect to the silliness of Mrs. Bennet and the indolence of Mr. Bennet while the Phillips, rather silly in themselves, seem to be in the business of marrying off her daughters the same as Mrs. Bennet. ;D
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