25 Days of Pride & Prejudice, Day 19: There Is No Kitty, Only Zuul

Friends, I come to you today with a shocking, but plausible theory that I definitely did not just make up because I’m running out of ideas:

Kitty Bennet does not exist.

Yes, I know this news may come as something of a shock to you, but hear me out. What if… “Kitty” is actually Lydia’s alter ego? What if the director intended to have two actors portray the two sides of Lydia, to show just how unstable she is?

WHAT IF THIS MOVIE’S SUBPLOT IS ACTUALLY ABOUT A YOUNG GIRL SLOWLY GOING MAD, ONLY TO END UP IN AN ABUSIVE, UNDERAGE RELATIONSHIP?

Here’s how I believe it all goes down:

Lydia, being far younger and much less accomplished than her sisters, develops a complex. This leads to a split personality. “Kitty” is her other personality. That’s why you hardly ever see them separate from each other and why Kitty is hardly noticed at all by the other characters.

“BUT R, OTHER CHARACTERS ADDRESS KITTY IN DIALOGUE!”

Ok, first of all, stop caps-lock yelling at me and second of all, DO THEY? DO THEY REALLY?

Please find below six unimpeachable arguments as to why Kitty Bennet does not exist.


Exhibit A

Lydia’s sisters might either know about her alter-ego “Kitty” and address her as such when they believe it’s “Kitty” talking to them, OR, they don’t ever actually say “Kitty,” they’re saying “Liddy” (don’t try to tell me they don’t call Lydia that because Lizzy and Jane and other characters totally do, several times—check yo’ autocaptions!)

If/When they ever do address “Kitty,” which is RARE though she’s in many scenes, it’s often because she’s spoken out of turn.

I therefore posit that Lydia is the rash, socially unacceptable personality and “Kitty” is the normal, awkward teenage girl personality. That’s how Lizzy knows to address “Kitty” and not Lydia during the scene when she squeaks out “Oh do hold a ball!!”

(And if you notice, the Bingleys address Lydia and Mary’s comments, not Kitty’s, during that scene! MAYBE THATS BECAUSE KITTY ISN’T ACTUALLY THERE?????)


Exhibit B

Lydia/Kitty doesn’t get introduced to the Bingley party at the Meryton Ball. Is this because they’re busy dancing or because they didn’t know how to introduce her that evening or were ashamed of her????

At one point during the Meryton Ball, Lydia/Kitty says to Mrs. Bennet “You’re never going to believe what WE’RE going to tell you!” and Mr. Bennet says “SHE’S going to take the veil!” Which PROVES that Lydia/Kitty sees themselves as a “we” whereas the rest of the world sees them/her as a singular person!


Exhibit C

When Lydia/Kitty show up with Mr. Wickham outside the ribbon shop, “Kitty” addresses Lizzy but gets no reply; and even though they arrived together and are speaking to the same people, Jane says, “What are you up to, Liddy?”

“KITTY” IS NOT ADDRESSED BECAUSE “KITTY” DOES NOT EXIST.

In fact, no one talks to “Kitty” at all during this scene, even though she “says” several things to her “sisters.” VERY SUSPICIOUS.


EXHIBIT D

“Kitty” is constantly standing behind other characters. Is this to subtly hint that she doesn’t exist?

I THINK YES.


EXHIBIT E

Now, here comes the hard part. How do we explain the scene where Lydia fights with “Kitty” about going to Brighton?

Well, with some simple mental gymnastics, it can easily be explained!

Lydia is having an internal struggle about whether or not to go to Brighton, and like an angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other, “Kitty” is her better sense, entreating her not to go because “she” knows something will happen.

In fact, the ONLY PERSON in that entire scene to actively address “Kitty” is Mrs. Gardiner when she replies to a question “Kitty” asks about why she didn’t get invited. “They probably couldn’t afford it.”

I believe that Mrs. Gardiner, being unused to Lydia’s split personality, is not actually addressing Kitty here, but believes she’s addressing Lydia. If they’re the same person, then she’s answering a question Lydia posited.

NOT KNOWING THAT LYDIA IS HAVING AN INTERNAL BATTLE WITH HERSELF, AUNT GARDINER ATTEMPTS TO SOOTHE HER MENTALLY-EMBATTLED NIECE.

The rest of the family ignores it and simply addresses Lydia’s comments.


Exhibit F

When Lydia gets married, she leaves “Kitty” behind, she moves from an mentally abused state into a physically abusive one and will probably take on a new, meeker persona as Mrs. Wickham. That’s why “Kitty” doesn’t speak at all the whole time Lydia comes back for a visit after her marriage. Not only does “Kitty” know she’s being left behind, but that she will cease to exist afterward. Lydia has no need of her anymore.

But wait, you may ask, Kitty’s the one who spots Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy coming up the walk toward the end of the movie.

DOES SHE? DOES SHE REALLY? DOES ANYONE ADDRESS KITTY WHEN SHE MAKES THIS REVELATION, OR DO THEY NOTICE IT THEMSELVES AND KITTY IS PERHAPS MERELY A GHOST OF THE SISTER THAT COULD HAVE BEEN?

THINK ABOUT IT.

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22 thoughts on “25 Days of Pride & Prejudice, Day 19: There Is No Kitty, Only Zuul

  1. Reading This a year late because I have nothing fucking else to do I’m just going to say for my own peace of mind – especially since you used the screenshot of them at Netherfield sitting on that couch after being announced as “A Mrs. Bennett, a Miss Bennett, a Miss Bennett and ~heavy implied sigh~ a miss Bennett.”

    This was the first thing I thought of reading your theory because that line sticks out in my memory so much because of the number of times I have shouted at the screen “Only Jane would be introduced as ‘Miss Bennett’! All the other sisters would be announced by Miss with their Christian names and THEN their surname!”

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  2. No. Sorry. That might make some form of sense in the Hollywood version not not in the book itself or the BBC version. But, given your comments, I do not get the idea this was meant to be facetious, after all, so have fun with it.

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    1. Sorry. I meant that to say “but not in the book…”
      and “… I do get the idea this was meant to be facetious.” I wait dislike mobile phones’ abilities to add words and change them. And an edit button is sorely needed.

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  3. Yeah–re. the fact that Kitty coughs a lot. Maybe she just perished of consumption sometime after Lydia writes to Mrs. Forster about her elopement and we just didn’t notice. I hope you can make it to day 25…

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  4. Your theory makes a lot of sense and explains so much. I recently sat through the 5 hours of the first series done by the BBC (1980 – the time of drab studio sets with bland colors) and Kitty is only noticeable because she is coughing all the time. Along with a few lines of dialog that add nothing to the story… So, yeah, I kind of like it. Otherwise what kind of purpose has Kitty in the entire plot? (Or Jane Austen was so bored by her that she did not bother developing her as a character – or she had enough on her hands with the ongoing twists and turns of the story already).

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  5. How is it that you manage to be so totally “out there” and yet still manage make this nonsense sound plausible?? LOVE this blog series!!

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      1. What makes your theory of Kitty’s nonexistence entirely plausible is bolstered by the “Lizzy Bennett Diaries” where Kitty is ACTUALLY REPLACED BY A KITTY CAT!

        But, for all the Doubting Thomasinas: Kitty’s real place in the story is to serve as a warning & example of why Lydia is SO dangerous: because she sets a bad example for Kitty, who is weak enough to follow her lead, even though Lydia is the youngest. Austen ties this up quite neatly in the epilogue with how much Kitty is improved by being removed from Lydia’s influence.

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  6. Kitty does speak when Lydia comes home after her wedding. She asks Mr Bennet if she could visit the Wickhams in Newcastle and he says “that is out of the question”. They are all having dinner or some other meal.

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