Mr. Bennet - not all that bad
Posted by Carolyn B on November 20, 1997 at 18:31:38:
In response to I agree with you, written by Constanza on November 20, 1997 at 08:42:21
And neither his daughters or his wife ever complain of his being cruel or anything like that, except when he ACTS against their wishes, i.e. by not visiting Bingley or later on **spoiler?** when he refuses to accept Lydia back.
And really he doesn't ACT against their wishes because he does go visit Bingley and he does let Lydia back in the house. So he's only pretending that he's not going to do anything because he knows he will get a rise out of Mrs. B. Some people are just so easy to tease that it's hard to resist.
I always read the scene where he says he won't go visit Bingley as him VERY obviously teasing Mrs. B. but she gets so upset because all she hears is that he won't do what she wants him to do - and she doesn't notice the clues such as him saying "You and the girls may go, or you may send them by themselves" which is such an obviously outrageous suggestion for their time and station! (What would the modern equivalent of this be? And am I right in reading this that he as the man can go an introduce himself, but Mrs. Bennet must wait to be introduced?)
She says herself, "Indeed you must go, for it would be impossible for us to visit him if you do not," so she realizes what he's suggesting is impossible. (You would think after 20+ years of marriage she would have caught on that he's teasing her, but hey, she's got her nerves plaguing her.)
And once she does find out that he has done exactly what she wanted him to do, she exclaims, "Well, how pleased I am, and it is such a good joke, too, that you should have gone this morning and never said a word about it till now."
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