The other Bennet sister
Publication year: 2020
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Mantle, 2020
Resource type: Physical
It is a sad fact of life that if a young woman is unlucky enough to come into the world without expectations, she had better do all she can to ensure she is born beautiful. To be handsome and poor is misfortune enough; but to be both plain and penniless is a hard fate indeed. In Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice', Mary is the middle of the five Bennet girls and the plainest of them all, so what hope does she have? Prim and pious, with no redeeming features, she is unloved and seemingly unlovable. 'The Other Bennet Sister', though, shows another side to Mary. An introvert in a family of extroverts; a constant disappointment to her mother who values beauty above all else; fearful of her father's sharp tongue; with little in common with her siblings - is it any wonder she turns to books for both company and guidance?
A very enjoyable read. Covers the events of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and beyond from the point of view of Mary Bennet, the 'forgotten' sister. I'm no historian, but it seemed a well-researched insight into life as a single female in early 19th century; the judgement, restrictions and pressured expectations.
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