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Lydia Bennet has Something to Say! by Susan Mason-Milks — 16 Comments

  1. I imagined she was as empty headed as Lydia. I wonder is she caught her husband in a similar way to Lydia. Definitely two peas in a pod.

    • My guess is that the Forster’s marriage is typical of many in that day. Mrs. F is young and pretty and her head is turned by a red coat; however, she may be smarter than Lydia in that she picked someone who would provide her with some social status as he is a commanding officer of the militia. Girls just want to have fun!

  2. I agree with Deborah. For Mrs Forster to take to Lydia almost immediately, they must have been kindred spirits. Colonel Forster was quite a bit older from what I remember, or we were given the impression that he was. I think Jane Austen described her as very young. So, was he captivated by a young, pretty girl, only to find out what she was really like later on?

    Lydia obviously has no doubt whatsoever that her father will let her go. I guess she nattered and nagged until he, as he says in the original, realises they will have no peace unless Lydia is allowed to go.

  3. While formatting the book for the paperback release, I read this chapter and loved it. I really enjoy your writing style.

  4. I loved this book – wanted to take the various “scenes” and tuck them between the pages of the original! Mrs. Bennet, Lydia, Mrs. Foster – it’s a wonder their husbands didn’t strangle them…as the saying goes, “It’s enough to drive a man to drink!”

  5. I’ve never thought much about Harriet Forster before, but for Lydia to find her a kindred spirit doesn’t speak too highly for either Harrier OR her husband! Harriet obviously didn’t exert much useful influence on Lydia, either.

  6. After spending 40 years in public school classrooms, feather-headed females are easy to spot. Unfortunately, some of them never grow older, at least mentally. Love the scene, Susan.

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