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Mrs. Bennet is a great success for her station in life and constantly gloats over what she is and has. She is physically expansive, spends generously, has determined opinions, unhesitatingly puts her ideas into action within the social limits of her authority, energetically pursues shameless goals with gusto and vehemence, is entirely insensible to the shameful and dangerous behavior of her younger daughters and actually encourages them. When thwarted she breaks into lamentations and jumps into vivacious action the moment the situation changes.

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Her behavior is vulgar and offensive to sensitive natures. She speaks badly of Collins and Charlotte, whom she believes are conspiring to take away the estate. She encourages Lydia’s misadventures without thinking anything wrong. But her basic motive is the marriage of her daughters in which she is genuinely interested and that motive is fulfilled.

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