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Why is Elizabeth Mrs. Bennet's least favorite daughter in Pride and Prejudice?

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Elizabeth is both beautiful and smart, but she is not that easy to marry off.  She is offended by her mother, and her mother is frustrated because she does not understand her daughter.

It is not so much that Mrs. Bennet does not like her daughter as that her daughter frustrates her, and she frustrates her daughter.  She just wants all of her girls to marry a...

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I'm not sure I would say Elizabeth is the least favorite daughter.. but I think Elizabeth has very little in common with her mother in terms of interests and temperaments.  Elizabeth has little regard for the petty thrills of society that preoccupy Mrs. Bennet.