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Kitty Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)

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Kitty is the fourth daughter, between Mary and Lydia. She seems happy in her role as Lydia's sidekick; following wherever her sister leads. Because of this she has become almost as vain and stupid as Lydia. She is jealous of the attention Lydia gets as their mother's favorite and therefore tries to keep up with her sister, trying at times to outshine Lydia with more outlandish speech and actions. Once she is removed from under the bad influences of her sister, Kitty seems to almost become a regular young woman again, for once thinking on her own. Seeing how "easy" it was for Lydia to become married and hearing her younger sister talks of the joys of marriage gets Kitty thinking that it shouldn't be too hard for her to get herself enganged as well. Taking her mother's word as law she assumes that Mr. Bingley is up for grabs since he has yet to ask Jane for her hand. Showing that even though she is thinking for herself her mind is not very quick or smart. At the end of the novel when she is thrown into the higher society of the Darcy's and her visists to Pemberly it is a very good possibility that she herself will make a good match. Jane Austen's nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh said in A Memoir of Jane Austen (1870), that "She would, if asked, tell us many little particulars about the subsequent career of some of her people. In this traditionary way we learned...that Kitty Bennet was satisfactorily married to a clergyman near Pemberley."

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