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|Engaged to Mr. Collins! my dear Charlotte, impossible!
Written by Stephanie
(4/19/2010 3:50 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Elizabeth "shooting from the hip" over Charlotte.., penned by jeffrey
While I understand your feelings, Elizabeth's immediate feelings of severe disappointment in a friend can have that kind of backlash. Author Austen giving Elizabeth that kind of strong emotion might well be underlining something we have already discovered in Elizabeth, too - her romantic beliefs, and the disinterested nature of her attachments.
Remember, she is not only thinking less of Charlotte's heart, she actually foresees unhappiness in her future life. She has some reason to, in my opinion. She knows that she and Charlotte share a lively intellect, and Elizabeth is sure that if SHE were Mrs. Collins, she would be unhappy and would make Mr. Collins unhappy. So, in addition to judging Charlotte, she is lamenting what Elizabeth sees as the certain downfall of a woman who has been her intimate friend for years.
So, tell me: are you as disappointed in Elizabeth's rash judgment as SHE was in Charlotte's considered decision? *chuckles*
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