What is revealed about Kitty, Mary, and Lydia Bennet in Chapter 2 of Pride and Prejudice"?

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1. Kitty: In ch.2 Mrs.Bennet is angry and upset that her husband has not yet become acquainted with Mr.Bingley whom she considers to be a fine match for one of her daughters. Just then Kitty begins to cough and Mrs.Bennet is annoyed and remarks, "don't keep coughing so, Kitty for heaven's sake! Have a little compassion on my nerves. You tear them to pieces."  Poor Kitty for no fault of hers is scolded by her mother and teased by her father who remarks, "Kitty has no discretion in her coughs...she times them ill." Mrs. Bennet in her anxiety to get her five daughters married loses her temper very quickly and scolds Kitty who tartly remarks that she's not coughing intentionally, "I do not cough for my own amusement." A little later Mr.Bennet to the surprise and joy of everyone  remarks that he has already become acquainted with Mr. Bingley and hence everyone in the family can now become acquainted with him. At once, Mrs. Bennet is overjoyed and remarks, "now, Kitty you may cough as much as you choose."

2. Mary: Mr. Bennet remarks, "what say you Mary? for you are a young lady of deep reflection I know and read great books, and make extracts." Mary is the intellectual sort who is always reading books and making notes of what she has read. But unfortunately she lacks social skills and does not know how to interact with the people around her. When her father asks her about the importance to be given to the social codes of introduction to strangers she is not able to say anything , prompting him to sarcastically remark, "while Mary is adjusting her ideas."  Mary being lost in her books for most of the time lacks the spontaneity and presence of mind which is the hallmark of a truly  intelligent person.

3. Lydia: is the youngest daughter, and Mrs. Bennet's favourite. Her mother encourages her and flatters her by saying that although she is the youngest, Mr. Bingley will do her the honour of dancing with her. At once, Lydia vainly remarks that she is not afraid "for though I am the youngest, I'm the tallest."

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