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Written by Kathryn Ann
(4/23/2010 10:40 a.m.)
When Sir William Lucas comes to Longbourne to announce Charlotte's engagement to Mr. Collins:
Elizabeth, feeling it incumbent on her to relieve him ... now put herself forward to confirm his account ... and endeavoured to put a stop to the exclamations of her mother and sisters by the earnestness of her congratulations to Sir William, ... and by making a variety of remarks on the happiness that might be expected from the match, the excellent character of Mr. Collins, and the convenient distance of Hunsford from London.
Elizabeth displays very civil manners here, unlike her mother and younger sisters, and tries to put Sir William at ease. It is interesting that among the variety of remarks she makes are those on:
What do you think? Very civil and polite, or has she learned something about insincere flattery from Miss Bingley? Is she in earnest?
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