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Written by BarbaraB
(4/19/2010 10:23 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr. Collins, penned by Cheryl
The first time I read P&P, this passage stood out so much for me that I think I felt too sorry for him. It overly influenced me in assessing his overall character. I mean, I could still see out 'ick' he turned out but still felt overly sorry for the man he came to be, I think. Even this time around I felt a pang for the boy and young man who had to suffer such a father, but I am now able to balance this out with the last part of your quote:
The subjection in which his father had brought him up had given him originally great humility of manner; but it was now a good deal counteracted by the self-conceit of a weak head, living in retirement, and the consequential feelings of early and unexpected prosperity. (ch. 15)
But, yes, poor guy, particularly because he is so entirely clueless.
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