Outline of The Lesson
Netherfield Park which is vacant for a long time is at last taken by a wealthy and dashing young gentleman whose name is Mr Bingley.
When Mrs Bennet comes to know about it, she becomes extremely happy because she desires that Mr Bingley might marry one of her daughters.
She wants her husband, Mr Bennet, not to miss such a golden opportunity for the sake of her daughters. She apprehends that some other mother having marriageable daughter might exploit such a glorious opportunity.
When Mr Bennet tells her husband if he has heard that Netherfield Park has been taken by a rich young man, Mr Bennet intentionally, to irritate her says ‘no’.
Mrs Bennet becomes impatient and tells her husband that it is true and the dashing young gentleman is very rich and he is a glorious thing for their daughters.
Mr Bennet irritates her wife Mrs Bennet more when he tells her how the young Bingley is a fine thing for their daughters.
Mr Bingley pours out that as Mr Bingley is rich and single she is thinking of him marrying one of their daughters.
Mrs Bennet tells her if Mr Bingley plans to settle at Netherfield Park. Mrs Bennet angrily retorts him that he shall not talk like this.
Ms Bennet insists her husband visit, Mr Bingley, as soon as possible but Mr Bennet tells her that he has no time to visit him. He adds that she and the girls may go themselves and perhaps Mr Bingley might like her the best of the party.
Mrs Bennet now tells her husband that he takes delight in vexing her and he has no compassion on her poor nerves. Mr Bennet responds her back that her nerves are his age-old friends and he respects them.
Mrs Bennet also expresses her husband that he does not know how much she suffers. Mr Bennet replies to her that she will get over it and see many rich young men in their neighbourhood. Mrs Bennet pours out that it will be of no benefit since he will not visit any of them.
Note: Mr Bennet is actually also interested in Mr Binlgey to the extent her wife is. He is enjoying the moments with her wife. He feels excited to see the irritation on her wife’s face. That is why he talks with her wife in the way as if he is not interested in Mr Bingley. He just wants to see irritate his wife and enjoy the moments.
Mr Bennet was the most eager person who waited, Mr Bingley. He had always intended to visit him, though, till last he is telling his wife that he would not visit him.
On seeing his daughter Lizzy trimming a hat, Mr Bennet tells her that he hopes Mr Bingley might like it.
Mrs Bennet is now furious, she angrily pours out that they are not to know what the young Bingley likes because they are not visiting him.
On hearing this another girl Elizabeth who is the most beautiful of all the daughters tells her mother that they are meeting Mr Bingley at the assemblies as Mrs Long has promised to introduce him. Mrs Bennet pours out that Mrs Long will not do such a thing as has two nieces of her own.
Another girl Kitty is coughing badly. When Mrs Bennet hears her cough, she scolds her and tells her to have mercy on her nerves and do not cough like it for God’s sake. Kitty replies that she does not cough for her own amusement but she is ill.
Now Mr Bennet discloses that he has already visited Mr Bingley and cannot miss the familiarity with him.
All the girls are extremely surprised and happy. Mrs Bennet now merrily tells Mr Bennet that she knew she could persuade him at the end. She also tells her daughter that they have an excellent father.
Questions and Answers
Q.No1. What does Mrs Bennett tell her husband?
Ans. Netherfield Park is a house which is vacant for a long time. It was to let. A rich young gentleman, Mr Bingley,rents the house. When Mrs Bennet comes to know about it, she is extremely delighted because she hopes that Mr Bingley might marry one of her daughters and Mr Bingley’s being single makes Mrs Bennet all the more particular about it. She tells all this to her husband. She wants him to form an acquaintance with Mr Bingley for the sake of their daughters.
Q.No.2.Who takes over Netherfield park? Why is Mrs Bennet happy about it?
Ans. Mr Bingley takes over the Netherfield Park. He is a young man of large fortune from the north of England. He earns four or five thousand a year and is unmarried. Mrs Bennet has got three daughters of marriageable age and hopes that Mr Bingley might marry one of her daughters. Therefore she is happy for having a young and rich man in her neighbourhood.
Q.NO.3.Why does Mrs Bennet insist on her husband to meet Mr Bingley?
Ans. Mrs Bennet insists her to make an acquaintance with Mr Bingley, who is young and unmarried man of large fortune, because she sees in him (Mr Bingley) a go-od match for one of her daughters, who are of marriageable age.
Q.NO.4.’You take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion on my poor nerves’. Explain.
Ans. Mrs Bennet out of disappointment says these words to her husband. She wants her husband to form an acquaintance with Mr Bingley, a young and wealthy m-an, who has come to live in their neighbourhood. In Mr Bingley she sees a perf- ect match for one of her three daughters. Mr Bennet does not appear serious and teases his wife that the young man would be more delighted to see her and she should rather go and visit him. On hearing this from her husband Mrs Bennet gets vexed and says the given words or lines.
Q.NO.5.Why does Mrs Bennet think that Mrs Long is selfish?
Ans. Mrs Long had promised that she would introduce Mrs Bennet and her daughters to Mr Bingley at the assemblies (gatherings). But Mrs Bennet doesn’t think that Mrs Long would do any such act/thing. According to Mrs Bennet, she (Mrs Long) has got two niecesof her own and she would not like Mr Bingley to fall in love with any of the daughters of Mrs Bennet. So, she says that Mrs Long is a selfish lady and she would like Mr Bingley to marry one of her nieces.
Q.NO.6.How does Mr Bennet react to the plan designed by his wife?
Ans. Mrs Bennet comes to know that a young, unmarried and wealthy man has come to live in their neighbourhood. She sees in Mr Bingley a perfect match for one of her daughters. She insists her husband to make an acquaintance with Mr Bingl- ey for the sake of their daughters. But Mr Bennet pretends to have no interest in Mr Bingley. He rather teases his wife that Mr Bingley would be more pleased to see her. He even teases his daughters with witty remarks. Observing his daughter employed in trimming a hat, he says, ‘I hope Mr Bingley will like it, Lizzy’. Mrs Bennet feels annoyed for Kitty’s coughing and scolds her. Mr Bennet says, “Kittty has no discretion in her coughs. Then Mr Bennet says, Let’s return to Mr Bingley”. His wife Mrs Bennet cries out,”I’m sick of Mr Bingley”. Only then does Mr bennet reveal that he has already paid a visit to Mr Bingley. It comes as a great surprise to the ladies. Mrs Bennet exclaims delightfully, “WHAT AN EXCELLENT FATHER YOU’VE GOT”.
Q.NO.7.Why does Mrs Bennet says her daughters that they have an excellent father?
Ans. Mrs Bennet is a mother of three daughters who are of marriageable age. She in- forms her husband the Netherfield park (house in their neighbourhood) has be- en taken by a rich, young man(Mr Bingley), who has come from north of Engla- nd. In Mr Bingley she finds a good match for one of her daughters. Mr Bingley’s being single makes her all the more particular about it. So she asks rather insists her husband to pay the young man a visit as to form an acquaintance with him (Mr Bingley) for she doesn’t want some other mother with an eligible daughter would exploit such a golden opportunity. But Mr Bennet pretends to have no interest in Mr Bingley. He rather teases his wife that Mr Bingley would be more pleased to see her. He even teases his daughters with witty remarks. Observing his daughter employed in trimming a hat, he says, ‘I hope Mr Bingley will like it, Lizzy’. Mrs Bennet feels annoyed for Kitty’s coughing and scolds her. Mr Bennet says, “Kittty has no discretion in her coughs. Then Mr Bennet says, Let’s return to Mr bingley”.His wife Mrs Bennet cries out,”I’m sick of Mr Bingley”. Only then does Mr bennet reveal that he has already paid a visit to Mr Bingley. It comes as a great surprise to the ladies. Mrs Bennet exclaims delightfully, “WHAT AN EXCELLENT FATHER YOU’VE GOT”.
Character sketch of Mrs Bennet
The character of Mrs Bennet is very humorous. When she comes to know that a rich young gentleman, Mr Bingley, has taken the Nether field Park, she gets extremely delighted because she hopes that Mr Bingley might marry one of her daughters. Mr Bingley’s being single makes Mrs Bennet all the more particular about it. She is very particular to develop friendship with the young man. She is very sure that the friendship will come to fruition, as far as, the marriage of one of her daughters is concerned.
She compels her husband Mr Bennet not to miss such an acquaintance for the sake of their daughters. She gets vexed when there is no response from her husband. Mr Bennet rather points out that she should accompany the girls and Mr Bingley might like her the best of the party. He even remarks that Mr Bingley might like Lizzy’s trimming her hat. Mrs Bennet gets very sad on perceiving how her husband makes light of her worries. She is a mother but lacks the foresight. She gets irritated quickly and thereby proves to be very short-tempered. She is very firm that her design will bear fruit.