Category Archives: Mrs. Bennet

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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Pity party with Mrs. B.

This week, the grandaddy of all Austen adaptations (and my personal absolute all-time favorite), Pride & Prejudice.  Whoo-hoo!

So many quotes… not sure where to start.  But I love this line from Mrs. B.

“Not that I have much pleasure indeed in talking to anybody.  People who suffer as I do from nervous complaints can have no great inclination for talking.  Nobody can tell what I suffer!–But it is always so.  Those who do not complain are never pitied.”

Dear Mrs. Bennet, talking to Charlotte Lucas after her great disappointment in not getting Lizzy to accept Mr. Collins
Pride & Prejudice, volume 1, chapter 20 (emphasis mine)

Such a great pity party line!

Alison Steadman as Mrs. Bennet. Image copyright BBC.  Watch an interview with Alison on the role of Mrs. B. at the BBC site.


Filed under Contentment (or not), Conversation, Mrs. Bennet, Pride and Prejudice, Self-deception

A misfortune

“He is such a disagreeable man that it would be quite a misfortune to be liked by him.”

Mrs. Bennet on Mr. Darcy
Pride and Prejudice, volume 1, chapter 5


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A little sea-bathing

“A little sea-bathing would set me up forever.”

Mrs. Bennet
Pride and Prejudice, volume 2, chapter 18

I just got my vacation pictures back — this is me with my friend Brenda’s little boys.  So sweet.  Hope you’re having lots of sunny days, and a little time at the beach.

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