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Posted by Linda on November 20, 1997 at 11:34:08:
In response to Mr. Bennet, written by Sandy on November 19, 1997 at 20:35:11
] I'm not sure what you mean by P&P1 and P&P2, being new to Pemberley. However, from the version I saw on Masterpiece Theatre -- would that be P&P2?-- I got the impression that he loved his daughters but was detached from all but Elizabeth. He never struck me as cruel but as a humorous character. That's evident in his discussion of Mrs. Bennet's nerves. He was detached because of spending 20 years with a very silly woman. He seemed to me to be making a joke. I see your point, though. If a father today would talk to his daughter like that it would be thought of as cruel. If Jane Austen had shown us that Mary was hurt, I probably would have thought him cruel. Jane Austen was, I think, very accomplished at producing empathy in her readers, but I think Jane Austen did not think Mr. Bennet cruel.
By the way, there is already an occasional poster here who uses Sandy. In order to avoid confusion, would you please something (letter, number) to your name so that we can distinguish between you? You may like to take a look at our Newbie Orientation information, which includes a place to introduce yourself and a list of names already in use.
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