From the very beginning, Jane Austen makes the romantic comedy theme obvious with Mr. Bennet's humor. Throughout the first chapter, Mr. Bennet either plays dumb or expresses thick sarcasm towards Mrs. Bennet. For example, when Mrs. Bennet exclaims that Mr. Bennet doesn't pay attention to her nerves he responds, "'You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these twenty years at least" (7). His humor is also expressed in him poking fun at Mrs. Bennet when he explains that instead of Mr. Bingley falling in love with one of their daughters he would fall in love with her because, "[Mrs. Bennet] [is] the best of the party" (6). What makes his remark even more hilarious is that Mrs. Bennet believes Mr. Bennet is being sincere when she states, "My dear, you flatter me. I certainly have had my share of beauty, but I do not pretend to be any thing extraordinary now" (6). This beginning chapter sets up the humorous relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, Mr. Bennet being sarcastic and Mrs. Bennet being clueless.