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|Mr P as caricature
Written by Bridget D
(10/11/2009 7:57 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Early peevishness and later graciousness, penned by TimLee
I dont think that he's meant ot be a "real character" - he is (like Mr and Mrs Bennet) to be a caricature of a young man who having married and found that his wife is a complete idiot, consoles himself by being awfully rude to her and to everyone else...Its meant to be funny, not entirely realistic, (like an "idiot" character in a sitcom such as Joey in Friends) but in the later part of hte book I think that Austen had to make Palmer a bit more nice and pleasant and helpful, but it doesn't sit very well with the earlier caricature Mr P.
I think that by the tiem she wrote or revised P&P Austen handled hte caricature of Mr Bennet better... and made his rudeness and quirky remarks seem more part of his true character - and showed him as an amusing and in many ways well intentioned man who still was lacking in moral fibre... IMO his character "hangs togehter" mcuh better than Mr Ps
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