Why was Elizabeth Mr. Bennett's favorite daughter?

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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In the novel 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen, we become aware of the special fatherly bond between Mr Bennet and his daughter Elizabeth who seems to be his favorite. There are many reasons why they get on so well, but one could be that they are both despairing of Mrs Bennet ever getting any less silly! They are united in a common bond of trying to get her to see sense - in a good way. Another thing they have in common is a sense of humor - a bit like Jane Austen herself. It is sardonic and dry and when these witty kinds of comments are said in the right way about people or things - they make us laugh. Sadly Mrs Bennet is not often in on the joke so it seems as if on that level they are not a good match,showing the importance of compatibility for Mr Bennet's daughters.