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|Mr Bennet and Mr Collins Sr.
Written by Cheryl
(4/19/2010 10:30 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr. Collins, penned by Cheryl
The disagreement subsisting between yourself and my late honoured father always gave me much uneasiness, and since I have had the misfortune to lose him, I have frequently wished to heal the breach; (ch 13)
Does the discription of Mr Collins Sr. as "illiterate and miserly" offer a clue to the disagreement, do you think? I can well imagine Mr Bennet, who is so fond of books and reading, holding Mr Collins in contempt. You add miserly and strict and he sounds like a thoroughly dislikable person. They were probably contemporaries - perhaps they went to school together?
But this puts Mr William Collins' statement of having the "misfortune" of losing his father in another light as well. He probably did a quiet little celebration dance. And then wrote to his father's enemy. ;-)
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