Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

11) How are Mr. and Mrs. Bennet different?

The nervous Mrs. Bennet only wants her daughters to marry for fortune and status, and soon, but the logical Mr. Bennet enjoys the company of his daughters and hopes that they marry for love when they are ready. Mrs. Bennet’s domain is the hearth and the kitchen, and she is flighty and busy most of the time. Mr. Bennet’s domain is his study, and he prefers to withdraw and detach from the family. Elizabeth is Mr. Bennet’s favorite because of her intelligence, but Mrs. Bennet doesn’t seem to play favorites. Her ambitions for her daughters are equal and consistent: She wants them all to marry upward.