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Re: I could not agree more. ?

April 02, 2015 10:54AM
Replying generally to a few points Harvey, to avoid starting a new thread. Hope you don't mind.

So with the above points in mind, who would be Mr Bennet? (-:

The year is 2013 (or so) in a country village. ( In 1820 there were less than 130,000 people in the whole county, an area of 720 square miles. Today, there are over a million in the same area.) Hardly London, Bath or the seaside resorts was it? Allowing his children to run wild? In Meryton, a place with an assembly every full moon, and ogling a few soldiers in daylight but never being out alone after dark( or in daylight for that matter) ? Should he smack their legs with a baking spoon maybe, or ground them during daylight hours, stop them from going for walks or window-shopping, or maybe ban then from visiting Aunt Phillips or going to the library? Should he make lives even more unpleasant by constantly battling with Mrs Bennet's "it's only for spending" attitude, or have his daughters unable to compete with others on the fashion scene? There are several instances of Mr Bennet's temper shown in P&P, thankfully few and with just cause, is that how five girls would have their father? Is that the sort of father they needed? And how on earth could he put £1,000 a year away when the family were spending double that for normal purposes? Money, he has enough to manage himself and his family of six in the short term (ie, whilst he's alive) but not to save. Not he a Mr Darcy or Bingley who are heroic in the story on the backs of left fortunes from wealthy fathers. Not even a sensible Mr Gardiner then, who appears a rather wealthy merchant, or a Sir William also comfortable from trade. Mr Bennet got an entailed estate that Mr Collins will own when he dies.

Is Mr Bennet then a man surrounded by perfect people in a perfect world? Is he servile and foolish like Mr Collins, ( heir apparent to Longbourne estate) self-important like Sir William Lucas, (Owner of Lucas Lodge) mega rich like Darcy or Bingley, or smelling of port like Mr Phillips? Should he have insisted Lizzie marry a foolish man she couldn't respect, never mind love? Is he a drinker, gambler or fornicator like Wickham for instance?
Is he even proud, arrogant, rude and pompous like Darcy who eventually wins the laurel wreath?

Mr Bennet is not a perfect person by a long chalk. Who is? He's complacent, too easy-going and prone to leave them all to it and retire to his library at times, but a bad guy? Not if you compare him with the rest. These are all my reasons for saying Mr B is on the road to nowhere, saved only and eventually by his daughter's library. (-:
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Hunsford.

Jim G.MMarch 19, 2015 07:14PM

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AmytatApril 11, 2015 07:03PM

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Jim G.MApril 11, 2015 09:26PM

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Amy A-NWMarch 26, 2015 07:13PM

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Jim G.MMarch 26, 2015 09:16PM

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PearlMarch 20, 2015 06:40PM

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Jim G.MMarch 21, 2015 12:05PM

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Harvey S.March 21, 2015 10:20PM

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Jim G.MMarch 21, 2015 10:37PM

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AlidaMarch 22, 2015 12:31AM

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AdelaideMarch 22, 2015 01:40AM

Mr. Bennet and Mr. Collins

Agnes BeatrixMarch 26, 2015 06:25PM

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Jim G.MMarch 26, 2015 09:11PM

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AmytatApril 12, 2015 04:26PM

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Jim G.MApril 13, 2015 10:40AM

Mocking

AmytatApril 14, 2015 03:03AM

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Jim G.MApril 14, 2015 11:29AM

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AmytatApril 16, 2015 12:03PM

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Jim G.MApril 16, 2015 12:57PM

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AmytatApril 16, 2015 11:53PM

Appearances

Debra McApril 14, 2015 06:16PM

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Mari A.April 14, 2015 01:57PM

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Jim G.MApril 15, 2015 11:00AM

Amytat, I agree with you

AdelaideApril 14, 2015 11:09AM

Re: Amytat, I agree with you

AmytatApril 14, 2015 08:40PM

Re: Amytat, I agree with you

Jim G.MApril 14, 2015 01:00PM

Error? Did things get a little muddled here?

AmytatApril 14, 2015 08:37PM

Mr. Collins and Charlotte

AdelaideApril 14, 2015 01:17AM

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Agnes BeatrixApril 03, 2015 08:55PM

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Jim G.MApril 03, 2015 11:20PM

Re: Mr. Bennet and Mr. Collins

AdelaideMarch 26, 2015 09:09PM

Mr Bennet

Harvey S.March 23, 2015 05:44AM

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AdelaideMarch 23, 2015 11:04AM

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Jean M.March 23, 2015 08:20PM

I could not agree more

Harvey S.March 28, 2015 08:44PM

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Jim G.MMarch 29, 2015 12:18AM

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Mari A.April 01, 2015 08:16AM

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Jim G.MApril 01, 2015 01:31PM

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Mari A.April 02, 2015 09:20AM

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Jean M.April 01, 2015 06:28PM

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AmytatApril 12, 2015 04:53PM

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KarenteaApril 01, 2015 10:34PM

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AdelaideApril 01, 2015 10:59PM

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Harvey S.April 02, 2015 03:02AM

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Jim G.MApril 02, 2015 10:54AM

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Harvey S.April 05, 2015 06:26AM

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Jim G.MApril 05, 2015 12:12PM

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Harvey S.April 07, 2015 05:26PM

Has Mr. Bennet's character changed?

Jean M.April 05, 2015 02:05PM

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Harvey S.April 07, 2015 05:27PM

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Jim G.MApril 05, 2015 04:08PM

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Harvey S.April 07, 2015 05:05PM

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Agnes BeatrixApril 06, 2015 08:04PM

Re: Has Mr. Bennet's character changed?

AmytatApril 12, 2015 10:19PM

A point for Mr Bennet.

Jim G.MApril 06, 2015 11:49PM

Re: A point for Mr Bennet.

Harvey S.April 07, 2015 05:31PM

Re: A point for Mr Bennet.

Jim G.MApril 07, 2015 07:50PM

Re: A point for Mr Bennet.

Harvey S.April 09, 2015 04:49PM

Well actually...

Suzanne OApril 08, 2015 07:03PM

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Jim G.MApril 08, 2015 08:41PM

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AmytatApril 09, 2015 06:26PM

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Suzanne OApril 08, 2015 11:04PM

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Jim G.MApril 08, 2015 11:46PM

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Suzanne OApril 09, 2015 01:34AM

Thank you Suzanne

Debra McApril 08, 2015 11:42PM

Re: Thank you Suzanne

Harvey S.April 09, 2015 04:56PM

Re: Thank you Suzanne

Jim G.MApril 09, 2015 10:37AM

Re: Thank you Suzanne

Harvey S.April 09, 2015 05:02PM

Re: A point for Mr Bennet.

AdelaideApril 07, 2015 11:59AM

Re: A point for Mr Bennet.

Jim G.MApril 07, 2015 02:04PM

Re: Has Mr. Bennet's character changed?

Jim G.MApril 06, 2015 09:26PM

A minority opinion

RedsonApril 06, 2015 11:45PM

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AdelaideApril 05, 2015 03:04PM

Re: Has Mr. Bennet's character changed?

Harvey S.April 07, 2015 05:46PM

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Agnes BeatrixApril 03, 2015 08:35PM

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Jim G.MApril 03, 2015 11:08PM

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Agnes BeatrixApril 04, 2015 09:29PM

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Jim G.MApril 04, 2015 10:38PM

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JanetRApril 04, 2015 07:23PM

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Jim G.MApril 04, 2015 07:35PM

I'm not sure what you mean

GracielaApril 06, 2015 05:41AM

Re: I'm not sure what you mean

Jim G.MApril 06, 2015 11:12AM

Re: Mr Bennet

Suzanne OMarch 26, 2015 03:15AM

Great comments, Jean M, IMO

AdelaideMarch 23, 2015 09:34PM

Re: Hunsford.

Jim G.MMarch 22, 2015 11:52AM

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AdelaideMarch 22, 2015 01:02PM

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Jim G.MMarch 22, 2015 04:05PM

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AlidaMarch 22, 2015 10:28AM

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AdelaideMarch 22, 2015 12:52PM

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AlidaMarch 23, 2015 05:11AM

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AdelaideMarch 23, 2015 11:21AM

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AlidaMarch 23, 2015 08:19PM

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Jean M.March 23, 2015 08:32PM

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mpinneyMarch 20, 2015 12:10PM

I definitely think so! nfm

KarenteaMarch 19, 2015 08:07PM



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