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Written by Stephanie
(4/24/2010 10:48 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, That's how I see it, penned by CarolTS
Thanks for giving your view of Charlotte's 'helping' Elizabeth at the Netherfield Ball. I was hoping I was not the only one who thought Charlotte started playing for Mr. Collins after Elizabeth's refusal!
To tell the truth, I think I was afraid of being accused of being influenced by P&P2's scene where we SEE Charlotte get the idea. But I was not: the first time I read Pride and Prejudice, I thought Charlotte was innocent at the Ball, and could not decide if she conceived her plan the first day or the second after Elizabeth's refusal.
I rather think it was a variation on Charlotte's advice about Jane that did the mischief: she paid attention to Mr. Collins because she was a good friend, and realized during that good deed that Mr. Collins might be interested in her. Even Elizabeth thought that Mr. Collins might be fancying himself in love with her: Charlotte might have seen the same symptoms, and been inspired by them! In that case, HE would be showing HER his emotions, and therefore, he 'secured' her!
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