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|Elizabeth "shooting from the hip" over Charlotte..
Written by jeffrey
(4/19/2010 1:08 p.m.)
Upon learning of Charlotte's impending marriage to Mr. Collins, I found it sad that Elizabeth so soon in her mind decided against being quite such a close friend to Charlotte. Although the relationship revives somewhat in later chapters, I found Elizabeth's deliberate decision somewhat abrupt and disloyal for a best friend. To wit:
".....And to the pang of a friend disgracing herself and sunk in her esteem....."
".......Between Elizabeth and Charlotte there was a restraint which kept them mutually silent on the subject; and Elizabeth felt persuaded that no real confidence could ever subsist between them again. Her disappointment in Charlotte made her turn with fonder regard to her sister......"
Where her sister Jane patiently hopes for the best in the marriage, Elizabeth over-reacts decisively. Although she is keenly sensible and makes excellent decisions based on the moment, I found her to be a little too rash regarding her "best" friend. While I almost always admire Elizabeth, I'm disappointed in her handling of this situation. Your comments are always welcome.
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