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|I don't think physical attractiveness was much of a factor
Written by Connie
(4/27/2010 4:29 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Men/Women marrying for love or $$, penned by Heather Leigh
in determining who was husband material as far as Lizzy was concerned. Average looks appear to be good enough. Col. Fitzwilliam, for example, was not handsome, but Lizzy does seem like she would have been open to receiving his attentions. Lizzy never criticizes Mr. Collins for being ugly or plain, but for being stupid. Of course, if a man were repulsive, that might be another matter. But we are not told that any of the characters are repulsive to look at.
At this point at least, I don't think we've been told anything about Mary King's looks. She is described as "a good sort of girl."
Also, I don't know if Lizzy's excusing Wickham can be taken for her excusing men in general. She is prejudiced in Wickham's favor. She doesn't see clearly where he is concerned. But the narrator points out the inconsistency.
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