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Written by Nina RG
(4/22/2010 12:03 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, So JA should have married?, penned by kathleen (elder)
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. Ch. 22
I agree Lizzy was right to refuse Mr Collins. I would have refused him, too, just like you, but Charlotte is different. Marriage had always been her object. I don't think Charlotte cares who she marries (she doesn't think highly either of men or of matrimony), as long as she marries someone. She is 27, plain and might never get another offer of marriage. When this may be her only chance and she doesn't really care if she marries Mr A og Mr B, why not marry Mr Collins who has a comfortable home? Yes, he is silly, stupid and many other negative adjectives, but Charlotte doesn't mind.
Lizzy is still young and may get another offer of marriage. Besides, her views of marriage are different from Charlotte's - Lizzy wants something more. Lizzy was right to refuse Mr Collins, but Charlotte knows what she walked into, and was right to accept him, IMO. She weighted the pros and cons, I think, and decided she would rather marry Mr Collins than not.
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