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Written by Barbara
(4/20/2010 12:08 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr Collins, Charlotte, and Lizzy, penned by Mary Anne
While I also feel disgusted by Mr. Collins' idea that Elizabeth's refusal is due to the "wish of increasing [his] love by suspense, according to the usual practice of elegant females," I also realize that this is coming from someone who is utterly socially inept and who has formed a very wrong-headed idea about what women like and what women want because he truly, truly has no clue. 'On paper', he's a catch--and without life experience to confirm or refute this, he simply can't see it any other way. There's no way a woman could turn him down! It's infuriating and sad at the same time.
This remark of his: "...you should take it into farther consideration that, in spite of your manifold attractions, it is by no means certain that another offer of marriage may ever be made you."--always reminds me of Frederick's song in the Pirates of Penzance:
Oh is there not one maiden here
The song is saying 'This is the best offer you're likely to get, so you should take it', again because he has utterly no clue about women--although in this case criticizing rather than complimenting the looks.
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