Why was Elizabeth Mr. Bennett's favorite daughter?

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Although Jane Bennet is presented as being a model of deportment and kindness, as well as being the family beauty, it is Lizzie (Elizabeth ) who is clearly her father's favorite. Her wit, sprightliness, and intellect all appeal to her sardonic, if rather ineffectual, father. There's no chance of...

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Although Jane Bennet is presented as being a model of deportment and kindness, as well as being the family beauty, it is Lizzie (Elizabeth) who is clearly her father's favorite. Her wit, sprightliness, and intellect all appeal to her sardonic, if rather ineffectual, father. There's no chance of the three other daughters competing: Mary is a priggish bore, Lydia is a wild and undisciplined flirt, and Kitty is a none-too-bright Lydia copycat. Mr. Bennet expresses his lack of hope for these three on multiple occasions.

Unfortunately for Mr. Bennet, he was not wise in his choice of spouse either, and he is unlikely ever to have a really satisfactory conversation with Mrs. Bennet. This is one of the reasons the anticipated loss of Elizabeth in marriage to Mr. Darcy is bittersweet to him, since he will be left in a house with his featherbrained wife and three silly younger daughters once both she and Jane are married.

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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.

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