Category Archives: Mr. Bennet

Ready to make amends

“I cannot be otherwise than concerned at being the means of injuring your amiable daughters, and beg leave to apologise for it, as well as to assure you of my readiness to make them every possible amends . . .”

Mr. Collins, in his letter to Mr. Bennet

The Bennet girls will not want his amends.

Pride and Prejudice, Vol. 1, Ch. 13

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Entails, a most iniquitous affair

“It certainly is a most iniquitous affair,” said Mr. Bennet, “and nothing can clear Mr. Collins from the guilt of inheriting Longbourn.”

Rational Mr. Bennet, being somewhat irrational for the sake of appeasing his wife, regarding the entail that cuts his five daughters out of inheriting the family home

Pride and Prejudice, Vol. 1, Ch. 13

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If she should die

“. . . if your daughter should have a dangerous fit of illness, if she should die, it would be a comfort to know that it was all in pursuit of Mr. Bingley, and under your orders.”

Mr. Bennet, to his wife, who had forced Jane to ride to Netherfield on horseback through the rain

Mrs. Bennet may have been ridiculous, but she still had some power over her daughters, even though they had so much more sense than she did.

Pride and Prejudice, Vol 1, Ch 7

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A matter of delicacy

Love that Mr. Bennet!

“About a month ago I received this letter, and about a fortnight ago I answered it, for I thought it a case of some delicacy, and requiring early attention.”

Mr. Bennet, on receiving the letter from Mr. Collins about his visit
Pride & Prejudice, volume 1, chapter 13


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Mr. Bennet

“With a book he was regardless of time . . .”

Pride and Prejudice, volume 1, chapter 3

An admirable character trait, and one I completely understand.

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For what do we live?

Today’s quote is not new, but rather a correction — thanks to Laura, who pointed out the error.  I always thought this was “make sport FOR our neighbors,” but when I went to post it the first time, I doublechecked my Signet classic and it said “make sport OF our neighbors,” which I thought was not nearly as good.  Turns out the Signet classic is wrong!  Mags at AustenBlog confirms that her Oxford edition says “FOR” — so here is the corrected version!

Still love that word “missish.”

“But, Lizzy, you look as if you did not enjoy it.  You are not going to be missish, I hope, and pretend to be affronted at an idle report.  For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?”

Mr. Bennet, upon reading Lizzy the letter from Mr. Collins, which hints that she may be engaged to Mr. Darcy and warns them that Lady Catherine will never approve
Pride & Prejudice, Volume 3, Chapter 15


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Family approval

“‘We all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man; but this would be nothing if you really liked him.'”

Mr. Bennet, trying to ascertain Lizzy’s feelings about Darcy
Pride and Prejudice, volume 3, chapter 17

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Christian forgiveness, a la Mr. Collins

“‘You ought certainly to forgive them as a Christian, but never to admit them in your sight, or allow their names to be mentioned in your hearing.’ That is his notion of Christian forgiveness!”

Mr. Bennet, reading a letter from Mr. Collins on the scandal of Lydia and Wickham, who were finally forced to marry
Pride & Prejudice, Volume 3, Chapter 15

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