In Pride and Prejudice, what is Mrs. Bennet's reaction to Lydia's scandal and what does it show about her character?
Mrs. Bennet will not take personal responsibility for her role in Lydia's running off with Wickham. Mrs. Bennet has long made a favorite of Lydia and encouraged her flirtation with officers. She also promoted the idea of Lydia following the garrison to Brighton under the guardianship of a married chaperone hardly older or more sensible than Lydia herself.
Instead, Mrs. Bennet blames everyone else for Lydia's ruin, including Wickham. However, when Darcy manages to orchestrate the marriage between Lydia and Wickham, Mrs. Bennet suddenly becomes oblivious to all the bad behavior that preceded it. She dotes on Lydia as a bride and embraces the formerly wicked Wickham to the status of beloved son-in-law.
In all of this, Mrs. Bennet is true to form. She is single-mindedly determined to get her daughters...
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