Some of Mrs. Bennet’s BEST moments

”A woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper.”

I was re-reading ‘Pride and Prejudice’ last night and I decided to follow Mr.s Bennett’s actions and words closely and oh boy, was I stupid in making that decision! She NEVER stops idiot-ing. ;p And I know I can never even hope to include all her delightful stupidities in one post, I will list some of the *very* early ones. So, happy reminiscing, Janeites. πŸ™‚

  • ‘Oh! single, my dear, to be sure! A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls!’

    You see, no matter how crazy the woman gets as the story progresses, this moment will always be regarded with a special place in my heart. ❀
  • ‘I do not believe Mrs. Long will do any such thing. (The ‘thing’ in question being introducing the girls to Mr. Bingley because, apparently, Mr. Bennett has no interest in that affair.) She has two nieces of her pwn. She is a selfish, hypocritical woman, and I have no opinion of her.’

    Read it again. And again. Again. And again.
    A ‘selfish, hypocritical woman’ criticizing another ‘selfish, hypocritical woman’. Now, THAT’S a first! ;p
  • Mr. Bingley is out of town and Mrs. Bennet is ”quite disconcerted” about the situation. ”…she began to fear that he might always be flying about from one place to another, and never settled at Netherfield as he ought to be.”

    Here we are, my good ladies and sirs. A woman who has not so much as seen the gentlemam of her dreams (for her daughters) is charting out what he ought and ought not to do. Oh, the nerve of this woman! Pride and Prejudice would not have been the same without her. I love her…..uhhh…..sometimes.
  • So, Lydia and Catherine are, as usual, talking about dashing officers and Mr. Bennett doesn’t like it. In response to him calling the youngest girls ‘foolish’, Mrs. Bennett says, ‘My dear Mr. Bennet, you must not expect such girls to have the sense of their father and mother.’

    Father AND mother
    MOTHER
    MOTHER
    She considers herself sensible. *gasp*
    Oh. oh the irony! Oh, the humanity!
  • Here, in this scene, this extraordinary human being is visiting her sick daughter at Mr. Bingley’s and she decides to express her thanks in the following extraordinary way…
    ‘I am sure’, she added, ‘ if it was not for such good friends I do not know what would become of her, for she is very ill indeed, and suffers a vast deal, though with the greatest patience in the world, which is always the way with her, for she has, without exception, the sweetest temper I ever met with. I often tell my other girls they are nothing compared to her. You have a sweet room here, Mr. Bingley, and a charming prospect over that gravel walk. I do not know a place in the country that is equal to Netherfield. You will not think of quitting it in a hurry, I hope, though you have but a short lease.’

    I find it astonishing how anyone can be so outrageously frank in an assembly which, except one, despises the speaker from the very depth of their souls. And yet, the mother of five exceptionally marriageable girls fails to take on the hint. But, to be honest, I can’t say that this approach was faulty. I mean, however audacious she may be, her daughters managed to grab husbands suitable enough to please their mother (although that was not their intentions)
  • ‘Lizzy,’ cried her mother, ‘remember where you are and do not run on in the wild manner that you are suffered to do at home’

    Look who’s talking! XD XD

 

Wow! That was fun. Mrs. Bennet seemed the perfect subject to talk about today. So, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed revisiting some of the best scenes involving Mrs. Bennet (in my humble opinion). And, of course, there are many, many, MANY more but no one talks about the earlier ones so I decided to do it.

Let me know in the comments what your favorite moments were. Let’s gossip!! πŸ˜‰

7 thoughts on “Some of Mrs. Bennet’s BEST moments

    1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Oh, yes. They will always remain the most blissfully married couple in the history of literature. Mr. Bennet’s ability to bear his wife’s ridiculous ideas and behaviours with good humor and sarcasm never fails to delight and impress. πŸ˜‚

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  1. This quote right here: “She is a selfish, hypocritical woman, and I have no opinion of her.” is one of my favorite quotes in literature ever. It will seriously come back to me every now and then and it makes me smile every single time. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I will sometimes start to slip and say the same thing when I’m complaining about somebody and then think, “Oh dang. I definitely don’t want to be Mrs. Bennet…”

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    1. SERIOUSLYY!!!! There are SOOO many out there – just waiting to ridicule everyone connecting to them and then NOT GIVE A SINGLE FLYING FUCK!!! ;p ;p xD xD xD I love her though. Pride and Prejudice wouldn’t have been the same without her. πŸ˜‰

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