Mr. Bennet was among the earliest of those who waited on Mr. Bingley. He had always intended to visit him, though to the last always assuring his wife that he should not go; and till the evening after the visit was paid, she had no knowledge of it. It was then disclosed in the following manner. Observing his second daughter employed in trimming a hat, he suddenly addressed her with,

“I hope Mr. Bingley will like it, Lizzy.”

Mr. Bennet is a good-natured prankster who seems to live to torture his wife. He doesn’t really seem concerned with either their financial situation or his wife’s nerves/health. I’ve always wondered how these two got together—it really never did make sense to me. Mrs. Bennet seems too silly for Mr. Bennet, he seems unable to control her or calm her. I’ve been trying to figure out how to incorporate this relationship into my books more—it may end up getting cut, because it just doesn’t completely make sense to me.

“We are not in a way to know what Mr. Bingley likes,” said her mother resentfully, “since we are not to visit.”

“But you forget, mama,” said Elizabeth, “that we shall meet him at the assemblies, and that Mrs. Long has promised to introduce him.”

“I do not believe Mrs. Long will do any such thing. She has two nieces of her own. She is a selfish, hypocritical woman, and I have no opinion of her.”

This line has always struck me as really funny. Men in this book are a hot commodity; there’s definitely some scarcity at work here in Mrs. Bennet’s thinking, which is holding her back from achieving her goals.

“No more have I,” said Mr. Bennet; “and I am glad to find that you do not depend on her serving you.”

Mrs. Bennet deigned not to make any reply; but unable to contain herself, began scolding one of her daughters.

“Don’t keep coughing so, Kitty, for heaven’s sake! Have a little compassion on my nerves. You tear them to pieces.”

“Kitty has no discretion in her coughs,” said her father; “she times them ill.”

“I do not cough for my own amusement,” replied Kitty fretfully.

“When is your next ball to be, Lizzy?”

“To-morrow fortnight.”

“Aye, so it is,” cried her mother, “and Mrs. Long does not come back till the day before; so it will be impossible for her to introduce him, for she will not know him herself.”

“Then, my dear, you may have the advantage of your friend, and introduce Mr. Bingley to her.”

“Impossible, Mr. Bennet, impossible, when I am not acquainted with him myself; how can you be so teazing?”

If only she could just walk up to someone and introduce herself…

“I honour your circumspection. A fortnight’s acquaintance is certainly very little. One cannot know what a man really is by the end of a fortnight. But if we do not venture, somebody else will; and after all, Mrs. Long and her nieces must stand their chance; and therefore, as she will think it an act of kindness, if you decline the office, I will take it on myself.”

The girls stared at their father. Mrs. Bennet said only, “Nonsense, nonsense!”

“What can be the meaning of that emphatic exclamation?” cried he. “Do you consider the forms of introduction, and the stress that is laid on them, as nonsense? I cannot quite agree with you there. What say you, Mary? for you are a young lady of deep reflection I know, and read great books, and make extracts.”

Mary wished to say something very sensible, but knew not how.

Clearly not a sociable creature.

“While Mary is adjusting her ideas,” he continued, “let us return to Mr. Bingley.”

“I am sick of Mr. Bingley,” cried his wife.

“I am sorry to hear that; but why did not you tell me so before? If I had known as much this morning, I certainly would not have called on him. It is very unlucky; but as I have actually paid the visit, we cannot escape the acquaintance now.”

The astonishment of the ladies was just what he wished; that of Mrs. Bennet perhaps surpassing the rest; though when the first tumult of joy was over, she began to declare that it was what she had expected all the while.

“How good it was in you, my dear Mr. Bennet! But I knew I should persuade you at last. I was sure you loved our girls too well to neglect such an acquaintance. Well, how pleased I am! and it is such a good joke, too, that you should have gone this morning, and never said a word about it till now.”

“Now, Kitty, you may cough as much as you chuse,” said Mr. Bennet; and, as he spoke, he left the room, fatigued with the raptures of his wife.

Oh, gosh, LOL. Mr. Bennet is funny, which I think is where Lizzy gets it from. I think I would like to develop her relationship with her father a bit more in my version, because they do share a lot of similar wit.

“What an excellent father you have, girls,” said she, when the door was shut. “I do not know how you will ever make him amends for his kindness; or me either, for that matter. At our time of life, it is not so pleasant I can tell you, to be making new acquaintance every day; but for your sakes, we would do any thing. Lydia, my love, though you are the youngest, I dare say Mr. Bingley will dance with you at the next ball.”

“Oh!” said Lydia stoutly, “I am not afraid; for though I am the youngest, I’m the tallest.”

The rest of the evening was spent in conjecturing how soon he would return Mr. Bennet’s visit, and determining when they should ask him to dinner.

As great as Lizzy and Jane are, they cluck with the rest of these hens when it’s gossip time. That has thus far been my inspiration for Emma and Elsie’s interactions, because even the smartest and most accomplished of women giggle and gab during girl time.

Notes From Monica:
1. Mr. Bennet is a good-natured prankster who seems to live to torture his wife. He doesn't really seem concerned with either their financial situation or his wife's nerves/health. I've always wondered how these two got together—it really never did make sense to me. Mrs. Bennet seems too silly for Mr. Bennet, he seems unable to control her or calm her. I've been trying to figure out how to incorporate this relationship into my books more—it may end up getting cut, because it just doesn't completely make sense to me.
2. This line has always struck me as really funny. Men in this book are a hot commodity; there's definitely some scarcity at work here in Mrs. Bennet's thinking, which is holding her back from achieving her goals.
3. If only she could just walk up to someone and introduce herself...
4. Clearly not a sociable creature.
5. Oh, gosh, LOL. Mr. Bennet is funny, which I think is where Lizzy gets it from. I think I would like to develop her relationship with her father a bit more in my version, because they do share a lot of similar wit.
6. As great as Lizzy and Jane are, they cluck with the rest of these hens when it's gossip time. That has thus far been my inspiration for Emma and Elsie's interactions, because even the smartest and most accomplished of women giggle and gab during girl time.
7. Mr. Bennet is a good-natured prankster who seems to live to torture his wife. He doesn’t really seem concerned with either their financial situation or his wife’s nerves/health. I’ve always wondered how these two got together—it really never did make sense to me. Mrs. Bennet seems too silly for Mr. Bennet, he seems unable to control her or calm her. I’ve been trying to figure out how to incorporate this relationship into my books more—it may end up getting cut, because it just doesn’t completely make sense to me.
8. This line has always struck me as really funny. Men in this book are a hot commodity; there’s definitely some scarcity at work here in Mrs. Bennet’s thinking, which is holding her back from achieving her goals.
9. If only she could just walk up to someone and introduce herself…
10. Clearly not a sociable creature.
11. Oh, gosh, LOL. Mr. Bennet is funny, which I think is where Lizzy gets it from. I think I would like to develop her relationship with her father a bit more in my version, because they do share a lot of similar wit.
12. As great as Lizzy and Jane are, they cluck with the rest of these hens when it’s gossip time. That has thus far been my inspiration for Emma and Elsie’s interactions, because even the smartest and most accomplished of women giggle and gab during girl time.

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