Posted by RachelE on November 20, 1997 at 02:30:17:
In response to Sarcasm, written by Constanza on November 19, 1997 at 10:41:12
] ] How much is sarcasm and how much old-fashioned chilvary?
] I think it is 100% sarcasm, though given Mr. Bennet's knowledge of his wife intelligence, it is not intended to harm her. He is sure to know that any double entendre or witticism would be wasted on her!
] I believe that his love for Elizabeth is derived also from the fact that she understands that kind of remarks.
Does it not seem to anyone else that this is his way of keeping his sanity? He married a silly woman (though probably quite beautiful in her prime) and discovered too late that beauty is not enough to be happy. Sarcasm and wit, which does seem *mostly* knowingly blunted, are ways to keep from becoming bitter and withdrawn. I loved the P&P1 adaptation of him. Elizabeth, too, seems to be a great help to him with her natural sense of refinement and understanding of her family.
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