In last week’s #5Books rec post, I recommended an upcoming retelling of Pride and Prejudice‘s Mary Bennet’s story and then I saw a comment that there were round about 20+ retellings of Mary’s story. Which got me thinking: where is Mrs Bennet’s story?
Actually, there are probably like 20+ Pride and Prejudice retellings about her hiding out there somewhere — feel free to let me know!
But back to Mrs Bennet — I’ve always dismissed her as a character there for comedy, but in essence she really did represent the times the story was being in written in.
At the article I linked to above, the author says Mrs Bennet is a reaction to the time she lived in, to the nature of the society that valued men over women and their needs.
Which got me to thinking: how did she become this over-the-top woman? Did something in her own life and romance with Mr Bennet make her into this person? Did something scare her? Did she almost lose Mr Bennet or was Mr Bennet her marriage to secure her future and it became something else altogether?
So many questions about her! I think it would be interesting to see an author make her into something more than comedic relief.
Have you ever wondered about her? Or any other character like this?