meli77
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Hey guys,
What does Mr Bennet mean when he says:
“This is a parade. Which does one good; it gives such an elegance to misfortune.”
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If possible, it would be good to know the context to be sure but I'd hazard a guess to say that he is drawing attention to the fact that, whatever 'parade' he is referring to, is built on false pretences, disguising the misfortune with elegance. So in essence, he's saying it's covering up a bad thing and making it look elegant.
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This is an example of Mr Bennett’s intentional irony. On Jane collecting her mother’s tea he suggests that his wife taking to her room hysterical, and everyone running around after her give an “elegance to misfortune” ie gloss over the real sordid nature of Lydia's elopement. He suggests that he’d like to take this option next time “Another day I will do the same; I will sit in my library, in my nightcap and powdering gown, and give as much trouble as I can” However important the issue, he makes light of it with “all the appearance of his usual philosophic composure”. Despite admitting to Elizabeth that he was wrong to ignore her advice, his demeanour still appears to suggest that he is making light of the situation, which is his character throughout the novel and part of the reason Lydia had the opportunity to elope in the first place. He continues this theme by tongue in cheek suggesting Kitty can’t go out for the next ten years. Basically he hasn’t really learnt any lessons despite being genuinely worried about the situation. This is an example of his flippancy which make him almost as flawed a character as his wife, despite Elizabeth’s affection for him.
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