He is not being cruel.
Posted by AmyB on November 24, 1997 at 23:16:38:
In response to The enigmatic Mr. Bennet, written by Mark on November 19, 1997 at 13:19:47
He is not being cruel. I sympathize with him. He lives with six women and seems to have little other company. He needs to vent his frustration with sarcasm. His daughters are clearly used to it. I certainly do not think he expected any reply from Mary since she probably was the only one who was not interested in the discussion. She made no comment because she was caught off guard.
Also this is the first we see her character so the comments about her by Mr. Benet go a long way in describing her.
] Here we see him putting Mary on the spot, asking her to say something sensible about a subject that makes no sense. Notice that not even Jane or Elizabeth can make sense of it. When Mary is left speachless, he snidely moves on. 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.
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