Em Defesa da Sra. Bennet

Uma Defesa da Sra. Bennet, escrita por Jean Main-Reade
Sra. Bennet e Elizabeth Bennet no Jane Austen NewsEm Orgulho e Preconceito, e em todos os palcos, tela e adaptação fanfic, a Sra. Bennet é uma personagem cômica.  Ela foi feita para ser zombada, primeiro por seu marido e depois por milhões de leitores.  Realmente, vemos uma mulher de cabeça vazia e sem instrução.  " O negócio da vida dela era fazer com que as filhas se casem.  É consolo estava visitando e noticias '. Veja a primeira metade disso em isolamento.  Ao trabalhar para conseguir maridos para suas filhas, eu contenho que a Sra. Bennet era uma mãe atenciosa e consciente.
 
A propriedade Longbourn era implicada, e em inadimplência de herdeiros macho reverteria para o Sr. Collins.  A Sra. Bennet não foi esperta o suficiente para entender o funcionamento de um acarretado, mas ela certamente entendia o que seria o destino das filhas se o pai morresse antes de terem adquirido maridos para apoiá-las.
 
Os romances de Jane Austen conduzem este ponto para casa. Em Senso e Sensibilidade, a família Dashwood foi forçada em circunstâncias reduzidas pela morte do Sr. Dashwood.  Em Emma, a Sra. e a Srta. Bates teriam fome mas pela generosidade de seus vizinhos.  Em Parque de Mansfield, a senhora Price se casou, mas sua má escolha do marido significava que ela, e seus filhos, tinham que viver na pobreza.
 
Quando Charlotte Lucas anunciou seu noivado, Elizabeth ficou horrorizada e não resistiu a sua desaprovação.  Eu sinto que isso foi injusto.  Charlotte estava 'por volta de vinte e sete', e simples.  Elizabeth era vinte, e bonita.  Charlotte tinha enfrentado a possibilidade de ser dependente de seus irmãos no futuro.  Seu único estado atrasou a saída das irmãs dela.  As meninas Bennet mais jovens não foram afetadas desta forma como a Sra. Bennet desafiou a convenção e trouxe todas as suas filhas para fora cedo.  Quando percebemos que Charlotte preferiu a vida com o Sr. Collins à espinsteridade, acho que isso ilustra o que Cecily Hamilton falou como 'o destino de cada mulher não ter nascido uma herdeira'.
 
Devemos dar a devida a Sra. Bennet.  Será que ela não estava mais do lado dos anjos do que do marido?  Quando confrontado com a possibilidade de pré-decaframento de sua esposa tudo o que ele disse foi " Meu caro ... vamos torcer por coisas melhores.  Deixemo-nos bajular que eu possa ser o sobrevivente ".  Para colocar de outra maneira "Eu estou bem, Jack".
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Sobre a autora: Jean mora em Truro e, em entre escrever artigos para a imprensa local e se voluntariar como apresentador na comunidade e no rádio hospitalar, ela está trabalhando em um excitante projeto de escrita sobre a vida de ex-morador de Falmouth que viveu na década de 1800s.

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beatriceparvin@yahoo.co.uk
Thanks for this – just my sentiment. For the time, she is doing her very best for her daughters’ future while Mr Bennett seems to have given up all responsibility. She is reduced to gossip and one-upmanship of other women [one-upwomanship !] because that is a necessity in the highly competitive marriage market of the time. You could read her manipulation of ‘her nerves’ as a tool for the only power she has: her delicate femininity. Saying that, I do feel Lydia and Kitty could have done with some boundaries!

Beatrice Parvin março 03, 2021

Mrs Bennett annoyed me originally (and in ways still does) but coming from a family of five girls myself and looking at it from her perspective, living in that period , it must have been a huge worry for her making sure her daughters had a secure future. Their estate entailed away from them angered her and quite rightly. In those days and within their background finding husbands with some financial security for them would have been a goal for most mother’s. She at least realistically saw the future should the worst
have happened. I did love Alison Steadman’s line to Lizzie’s impatience “five more minutes will do the trick” and it did!

Margie novembro 15, 2020

Mrs Bennett annoyed me originally (and in ways still does) but coming from a family of five girls myself and looking at it from her perspective, living in that period , it must have been a huge worry for her making sure her daughters had a secure future. Their estate entailed away from them angered her and quite rightly. In those days and within their background finding husbands with some financial security for them would have been a goal for most mother’s. She at least realistically saw the future should the worst
have happened. I did love Alison Steadman’s line to Lizzie’s impatience “five more minutes will do the trick” and it did!

Margie novembro 15, 2020

I love this article. Upon first reading P&P, I saw Mrs Bennet as a very silly woman. But years later, after hearing other opinions, I have come to the same conclusion. Mrs. B. was doing her duty and taking care of her daughters’ future. I still laugh at her silliness but I don’t have quite the condescending attitude I previously held.

nmlumber7 julho 26, 2020

I never thought of that before, but you’re absolutely right. Mrs. Bennett was the one looking out for her daughters’ future. Mr. Bennett was kind of useless.

mousiemom julho 26, 2020

I also absolutely agree. Obviously I thought really hard about all the characters when I was writing What Kitty Did Next (Red Door Publishing; and on this website) and Mrs B is a pivotal character both in my novel and Kitty ‘s development. It was indeed the business of her life to get the girls married, as it was for any dedicated mother in those days. She may have got on her daughters’ nerves (what’s changed, who has teenage daughters? ) but she did her best, with no help from Mr B, who may well have married in haste and repented at leisure but was a pretty absent father in most ways. Mrs B was a nag but she was good humoured and well meaning. And she has given us all a lot of laughs. In the novel of course and via Alison Steadman’s wonderful portrayal.

Duchess of Albany julho 26, 2020

Mrs. Bennet was looking out for her daughters of course, but she also wanted to make Lizzy marry a man she despised, which is taking things a little too far in my opinion. I think a person can be happier in a cottage with the people they love than in a palace with no one to love or respect. Certainly though, she was doing more for them than Mr. Bennet.

Regency Girl julho 26, 2020

This was a delightful read. I want to hear more from the writer… This was well written.

triplelbooks julho 26, 2020

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