Mary Bennet by Jennifer Paynter

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June 2012, no. 342

Mary Bennet by Jennifer Paynter

Reviewed by
June 2012, no. 342

This début novel by Sydney playwright Jennifer Paynter is a skilful retelling of Pride and Prejudice, narrated by Mary Bennet, the forgotten middle sister. Mary’s character is true to Austen’s original conception. She is bookish, plain, and unloved, although romance soon appears on the horizon in this version of events.

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