Compare the personalities of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
By the end of chapter one of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, the reader has a clear picture of both Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. They have five nearly grown girls and have been together for more than twenty years; despite that, they do not seem to have much in common.
Austen characterizes each of them for us at the end of chapter one of the novel:
Mr. Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve, and caprice, that the experience of three-and-twenty years had been insufficient to make his wife understand his character. Her mind was less difficult to develop. She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper. When she was discontented, she fancied herself nervous. The business of her life was to get her daughters married; its solace was visiting and news.
Mr. Bennet spends most of his time in his study, undoubtedly to escape the foolishness which surrounds him. While his two oldest daughters have been well educated, he has allowed the three...
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