Here’s another April A to Z Blogging Challenge post where I join more than 2,000 bloggers posting each day (except Sundays) of April as we work our way through the Alphabet.
My theme is “What I Love About Pride and Prejudice.” If you enjoy Pride and Prejudice I hope you’ll join me on this run through the 26 things I love about the story.
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B is for Bennets (i.e. Mr. & Mrs.)
“Her father, captivated by youth and beauty, and that appearance of good humour which youth and beauty generally give, had married a woman whose weak understanding and illiberal mind had very early in their marriage put an end to all real affection for her.” Jane Austen – Pride & Prejudice
I can never think of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet without shaking my head. They seem such a mismatched pair. Twenty-three years of marriage hasn’t brought them any real understanding or appreciation of each other. As the parents to our protagonist and her four sisters, they are the legs on which the Bennet family stand. Precariously.
Mr. Bennet is a gentleman landowner, though not wealthy, with a house full of daughters and no son to inherit. It suits him to sit alone in his study reading the day away from the worry and noise of the house (hmmm…I wouldn’t mind that either. “Hill!, bring me some tea!”). He fell for his yet to be wife not for her brains, but her looks.
Because they never had sons, Mrs. Bennet’s object in life is to find suitable husbands for her daughters. Beyond that she frets for her future when the house could be entailed away. This often throws her into such a fit that she locks herself away in her room.
I must say that neither are ideal parents. Far from it. He seems to worry none at all for his children and she makes that worry her life’s mission. It’s their predicament that sets up necessary circumstances in the story and their banter keeps me laughing.
Do you have any thoughts on Mr. and Mrs. Bennet? Are they humorous or sort of pitiful?
This post is to serve dual purpose today. Since it is the first Wednesday of the month, it is also time to post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. IWSG is a great group of people who offer support in your writing. My biggest struggle right now is the same as usual…getting everything done.