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|I fancy she was wanted about the mince-pies.
Written by Stephanie
(4/20/2010 2:14 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I have an issue with just one of the statements here....., penned by jeffrey
I sometimes imagine a subtext to Charlotte's acceptance of Mr. Collins. Suppose, the eldest of a large family, with not-too-bright parents, and an uncertain future herself, she has been taking care of others, elder and younger, in her family for years?
If she is not looking for a 'romance' *violins swell*, she might LIKE to have a husband that she must keep in hand, and use all her intellect to direct and form, while allowing him the belief that he is the traditional head of house. Charlotte DOES give advice about matches, despite not seeming to be in the running herself. It seems she wants Jane and Elizabeth and possibly her younger siblings, to be happy, and would like to help that along.
If she does not want to be 'in love,' but wants to be of extreme importance in someone's life, and be the invisible guiding hand, marriage to Mr. Collins is suddenly a good idea...
Now, do not go off on me for not having much textual support. I know I do not. This is simply the best circumstances I can envision for Charlotte's happiness, and, despite her difference from Elizabeth, I DO want her to be happy.
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