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|I agree with Robbin's interpretation.
Written by Connie
(4/20/2010 11:18 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Some respect for his generosity; parallel with Mr Willoughby, penned by Tom P2
From other things Mr. Collins says, he is shown to be insincere (my focus this GR). He says what he believes is "customary" or will help his suit, not what he really thinks or feels. For example: And now nothing remains for me but to assure you in the most animated language of the violence of my affection (Ch. 19). It's like he's counting off on his fingers(as he does almost literally with his general reasons for marrying) the items he believes a man is expected to put forward.
His refusal to accept Lizzy's refusal on its face value, shows how certain he was he would be accepted. I think he takes advantage of the fact that the Bennet daughters are in a dire situation (5 of them without fortune!).
Why doesn't he turn to one of the younger girls when Lizzy refuses him? His mixture of pride and low self-confidence. He is affronted by Lizzy. He also does not want to risk a second refusal, and Charlotte takes pains to "show more affection than she feels" to encourage him to propose to her. He knows he looks ridiculous to all the Bennet daughters now. But he can still save face and come back to Hunsford an engaged man.
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