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|How useful is Mrs. Reynolds' recommendation?
Written by Line
(5/10/2010 9:07 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Darcy, the Conversationalist -- Week 5 (Long), penned by gianni
This is going off on another subject, but since you bring up Mrs. Reynolds's glowing character reference for Darcy, it was only during this GR that I noticed that Mr. Collins describes Lady Catherine exactly the same way Mrs. Reynolds does Darcy!
Lady Catherine was reckoned proud by many people [Mr. Collins] knew, but he had never seen anything but affability in her. (ch.14)
"Some people call [Darcy] proud; but I [Mrs. Reynolds] am sure I never saw anything of it." (ch.43)
I'm beginning to think that it must have been the done thing at the time to claim that a person of elevated rank of one's acquaintance was *not* proud, the same way people acquainted with a celebrity today rush to assure others that s/he is down to earth, not a snob, etc. No wonder Elizabeth didn't take Mr. Collins at his word, but suspected from his further descriptions that the opposite was true!
Also, I notice that Mrs. Reynolds describes Georgiana as "the handsomest young lady that ever was seen", while later on, we are told that Miss Darcy is *less* handsome than her brother, although Elizabeth likes her face.
On the other hand, Mrs. Reynolds seems intelligent (unlike Mr. Collins) and some of her recommendations really do sound worth listening to.
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