What is the significance of the masculine sanctuary of Mr Bennet's library/study in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice?

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Both Jane Austen and Elizabeth as the primary character make it quite evident that they view Mr. Bennet's escape to his private library as a foolish escape from both reality and his masculine duties as head of the household.

After Lydia runs away with Wickham, we see Elizabeth reflect on the fact that, while she has always admired her father, especially for his affection, she has always been aware of his deficiencies as the head of the household. Mr. Bennet made a very foolish mistake in marrying Mrs. Bennet solely based on her beauty. Unfortunately, Mrs. Bennet also came from a lower class rank than Mr. Bennet, the merchant class, and has turned out to be a very ridiculous woman. So...

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