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Written by gianni
(4/22/2010 9:37 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I agree that Charlotte can probably, penned by kathleen (elder)
...near-certain prosperity? Charlotte has only to do a good job of manipulating a man much her inferior -- who, really, isn't all that much worse than the father, and probably the rest of the family that she's lived with her whole life! And what were her prospects otherwise?
From chapter 22:
The whole family, in short, were properly overjoyed on the occasion. The younger girls formed hopes of coming out a year or two sooner than they might otherwise have done; and the boys were relieved from their apprehension of Charlotte's dying an old maid. Charlotte herself was tolerably composed. She had gained her point, and had time to consider of it. Her reflections were in general satisfactory. Mr. Collins, to be sure, was neither sensible nor agreeable; his society was irksome, and his attachment to her must be imaginary. But still he would be her husband. Without thinking highly either of men or matrimony, marriage had always been her object; it was the only provision for well-educated young women of small fortune, and however uncertain of giving happiness, must be their pleasantest preservative from want.
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