Annie Dempsey, Bianca Misiti, Maureen FellerLydia Bennet
external image orgullo-prejuicio007.jpg


  • “Lydia was a stout, well-grown girl of fifteen, with a fine complexion and good-humored countenance; a favorite with her mother, whose affection had brought her into public at an early age. She had high animal spirits, and a sort of natural self-consequence, which the attentions of the officers, to whom her uncle's good dinners and her own easy manners recommended her, had increased into assurance." (Austen, 40)
    • Explanation: Lydia, because she is favored by her mother, is introduced into society at a very young age. This quote describes her positively but many of the qualities described here are exaggerated in reality which makes her slightly obnoxious. When these good/exaggerated qualities are combined with her outgoing and confident personality, it sometimes gets her into trouble.

  • “Lydia, always unguarded and often uncivil, boisterously exclaimed, “Good Lord! Sir William, how can you tell such a story? Do not you know that Mr. Collins wants to marry Lizzy?" (Austen, 110)
    • Explanation: Lydia acts impulsively and often does not stop to think how her comments will affect the people around her. She does not take into account the emotions of Sir William, Charlotte, or Lizzy. She is self-absorbed which causes this behavior. This situation shows that Lydia loves to gossip and that she is not concerned with more complex, though provoking subjects. Lydia is high spirited and energetic and time has not had time to have an affect on her young age.

  • “The two youngest of the family, Catherine and Lydia, were particularly frequent in these attentions; their minds were more vacant than their sisters', and when nothing better offered, a walk to Meryton was necessary to amuse their morning hours and furnish conversation for the evening; and however bare of news the country in general might be, they always contrived to learn some from their aunt. At present, indeed, they were well supplied both with news and happiness by the recent arrival of a militia regiment in the neighborhood; it was to remain the whole winter, and Meryton was the head quarters." (Austen, 26)
    • Explanation: Though Lydia is the youngest of her sisters, she is a leader in that Kitty is always following her lead and is overshadowed by Lydia. Together they pursue the militia and spend their time aimlessly but happily. Once again we are shown that Lydia loves to gossip and is amused by the town and what is offers. Lydia is definitely easily amused and kept happy.

Subject Author Replies Views Last Message
Question 1-Lydia Bennet RNovario11 RNovario11 1 173 Mar 25, 2010 by ponajo ponajo
Thizzard Quizzestion Bramleyquakes Bramleyquakes 1 131 Mar 25, 2010 by 3ricislegend 3ricislegend
Question 2-Response algee93 algee93 1 137 Mar 25, 2010 by megalbright megalbright

Discussion Questions:
  • Mrs. Bennet, describes Lydia as "good humored" in defending her in response to a comment Mr. Bennet makes. She seems to favor her over her other daughters. What it is about Lydia that puts her in good standing with Mrs. Bennet?

  • Is Lydia the stereotypical ditsy "blond" teenager or do you think their is something more to her character? Do you think this personality type, her impulsive behavior, and sometimes thoughtless comments have consequences later?

  • In terms of men, Lydia is only concerned with the officers not men such as Mr. Bingley or Darcy. What is it about them that attracts Lydia so much?

Lydia Bennett as Tess Nichols

external image CTC-2588-image4.jpg

Tess is Jane's little sister in 27 Dresses. Tess is after a man(the same man Jane is in love with) and she will do anything to get him. Tess strolls into town after losing her job, meets Jane's boss, and instantly falls in "love" with him, just like Lydia has a sort of "love" for Mr. Wickham. Tess is also very flirty with others just as Lydia is. In order to get George to like her better she changes who she really is. She becomes flirty and a vegetarian since he doesn't eat meat. She also becomes a dog lover even though she is deathly afraid of them. Tess basically tells George whatever he wants to hear. She also is a constant nuisance to Jane who is also in love with George and has known him for a much longer time than Tess. Jane also loves weddings and has had her wedding planned out since she was a little girl. One of the details of her wedding was that she would wear her late mother's wedding dress. Tess ruins this idea because when she becomes engaged to George, she takes their mother's wedding dress and cuts it into pieces so she can use just the lace on her dress. Tess doesn't understand the importance of the dress to Jane. Along the way, Tess's relationship with George show Jane how he truly is, and leads her closer to her true love, Kevin. Jane loves her sister, just as Elizabeth does, but she often causes problems for her or becomes a nuisance, just like Lydia.