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September 16, 2003

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Joshua

Mr. Bennet is a bad father, something that he comes to recognize by the end (although he jokes to the effect that he doesn't feel it as keenly as he should), but Mrs. Bennet is enough to drive anyone batty. I just can't see any reading that makes her the "real heroine", even tongue-in-cheek.

Belle

No, Joshua, I'm just kidding about the Mrs. Bennet is the real heroine thing. She's totally insufferable. I was just thinking of some feminist re-valorizing of her and her (understandable) incessant matrimonial scheming.

Joshua

Ah, well, you had me going there. I hope you're feeling better.

Another Damned Medievalist

He's a terrible father -- embarrasses his daughters in front of society, does nothing to make sure their mother's excesses are mitigated. He's as much responsibility for the tragedy that is Lydia as is his wife. Really, the Gardners are the only really decent relatives poor Jane and Eliza have. And Darcy is only halfway decent because he loves Eliza. God, how I love Jane Austen!

deb


Why blame the Bennet daughters for thinking only of marriage? What else could they do? And come to think of it, isn't 'marriage' still the number one preoccupation amongst us all, specially, women?

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