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|Mr. Collins's toadying, rationally softened
Written by Connie
(5/3/2010 3:53 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Twice recently Charlotte has been accused of..., penned by Adrian
I looked up "toady" and found "obsequious sycophant." You're right that this can hardly describe Charlotte. On the other hand, at least in Lizzy's POV, Charlotte was visitng Rosings almost daily, on account of the other livings Lady C might have to bestow. My idea is that, just as she wrote in her letter Mr. Collins's view of Rosings, rationally softened, Charlotte went along with his bowing and scraping to Lady C, but in a less obsequious manner. She does call Lady Catherine a very respectable, sensible woman indeed (Ch. 28), which can hardly be what she really believes. She seems once again to be showing more than she feels, in order to meet her own objectives.
I think the Collinses were of one mind in advancing their own interests through their relationship with Lady C. I think the introduction incident you mentioned was to spare herself embarassment in front of Lizzy. But all of this is open to interpretation.
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