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Mary Bennet (Character)
from Pride and Prejudice (1940)

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Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Mary Bennet: What are men compared to rocks and mountains?

Mary Bennet: The glories of nature. What are men compared to rocks and mountains?
Elizabeth Bennet: Believe me. Men are either eaten up with arrogance or stupidity. If they are amiable, they are so easily led they have no minds of their own whatsoever.
Mrs. Gardiner: Take care, my love. That savors strongly of bitterness.

Mr. Bennet: [upon finding a very upset Mary] Mary, my dear Mary.
[hugs her]
Mr. Bennet: Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.
Mary Bennet: [sobbing] I've been practicing all week.
Mr. Bennet: I know, my dear.
Mary Bennet: [sobbing] I hate balls!

Kitty Bennet: Papa!
Mrs. Bennet: Is he amiable?
Mary Bennet: Who?
Kitty Bennet: Is he handsome?
Mary Bennet: Who?
Lydia Bennet: He's sure to be handsome.
Elizabeth Bennet: For five thousand a year, it would not matter if he's got warts and a leer.
Mary Bennet: Who's got warts?
Mr. Bennet: I'll give my heartiest consent to his marrying whichever of the girls he chooses.
Lydia Bennet: So will he come to the ball tomorrow, Papa?
Mr. Bennet: I believe so.

"Pride and Prejudice: Episode #1.1" (1995)
Mary Bennet: Misfortunes, we are told, have been sent to test our fortitude.

Mary Bennet: [When asked about dancing] The rewards of observation and reflection are much greater.

Mary Bennet: I'm sorry, but I take little pleasure in a ball.

"Pride and Prejudice: Episode #1.5" (1995)
Elizabeth Bennet: Mary, pass the potatoes to your aunt Gardiner.
Mary Bennet: I beg your pardon?
Kitty Bennet: Oh, never mind, I'll do it.
Mrs. Gardiner: Thank you, Kitty.
Kitty Bennet: And that's the first kind word I've had from anyone since Lydia went away. I don't see why, it's not as though I had done anything naughty. And I don't think Lydia has done anything so dreadful either.
Jane Bennet: Kitty! Please!

Mary Bennet: But we must stem the tide of malice, and pour into each other's wounded bosoms the balm of sisterly consolation.

"Pride and Prejudice: Episode #1.6" (1995)
[Bingley has determined to go ask Jane to marry him]
Mr. Bingley: [to a manservant] Bring me my horse! At once! Quick, man!
[the music rises into a suspenseful allegro-crescendo as we watch Bingley ride towards Longbourn, and the women of Longbourn getting the news and preparing for him... ]
Mr. Bingley: [Mrs. Bennet is still in her night-clothes as she runs to Jane's room and cries out in panic:]
Mrs. Bennet: Jane! Jane! Oh, my dear Jane!
[She bursts into Jane's room. Jane is on the edge of her bed, in a white dress, slipping on some slippers]
Jane Bennet: Oh, what is the matter?
Mrs. Bennet: He is come! He is come!
Jane Bennet: [Bewildered] Who is come?
Mrs. Bennet: Mr. Bingley, of course! Make haste, make haste, hurry down! Oh gracious, you're not all dressed!
[Calling for the housekeeper:]
Mrs. Bennet: Hill! Hill! Oh, where is Hill?
[Mrs. Bennet runs through the halls of the house. She bursts into Lizzy's room, where the maid Sarah is doing Lizzy's hair]
Mrs. Bennet: Never mind, Sarah. You must come to Miss Bennet this moment. Come along, girl, and help her up with her gown, never mind Miss Lizzy's hair!
Kitty Bennet: Mama, mama! Where is my new locket that Lydia brought me from London? Mary, have you seen my new locket?
Mary Bennet: I shouldn't know it if I did see it. I care nothing for such baubles.
Mrs. Bennet: Oh, never mind your locket, girl! Jane, steady yourself. He is here, he is here!
Jane Bennet: Mama, Lizzy and I will be down as soon as we can. Send Kitty down, she is forwarder than any of us.
Mrs. Bennet: Oh, hang Kitty! What is she to do with it?
[Kitty stamps her foot and turns away, crying]
Mrs. Bennet: Jane, where is your muslin dress, dear? Oh, Hill, Hill! Where is Hill?
[Cut to sudden silence from the frantic music, as we see Bingley and the young ladies seated in the parlor; they are all extremely awkward and shy]

Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Mary Bennet: Did you tell him you had five daughters, Papa?
Mr. Bennet: Well, I told him if he ran into five of the silliest girls in England, they would be my daughters!

"Pride and Prejudice: Episode #1.4" (1995)
Mary Bennet: The pleasures of Brighton should have little charms for me. I should infinitely prefer a book.