Posted by Constanza on November 19, 1997 at 14:51:29:
In response to The enigmatic Mr. Bennet, written by Mark on November 19, 1997 at 13:19:47
] ``What can be the meaning of that emphatic exclamation?'' cried he. ``Do you consider the forms of introduction, and the stress that is laid on them, as nonsense? I cannot quite agree with you there. What say you, Mary? for you are a young lady of deep reflection I know, and read great books, and make extracts.''
] Mary wished to say something very sensible, but knew not how.
] ``While Mary is adjusting her ideas,'' he continued, ``let us return to Mr. Bingley.''
That is not being witty. That's just being plain cruel.
] This side of Mr. Bennet was brought out much better in P&P1 than P&P2, IMO. P&P2 barely showed it, which is too bad.
I don't think he was being cruel just making fun of the situation. Mary is so stuffy and pretentious; she has read a lot but cannot apply what she has read. She is very good at quoting but not at thinking.
Besides, she believes herself to be so intelligent that probably she didn't even notice she was being teased.
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