My dear Mr. Bennet,

Category: Manners & Morals | Type: Historical | Title: Pride and Prejudice (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 1

Husbands and wives often addressed one another as Mr. and Mrs., here softened by "my dear." They rarely used first names in public, an exception being for instance in Emma when Weston on one occasion calls his wife "Anne."

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