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Written by jeffrey
(5/10/2010 11:11 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The odious Mr. Collins, penned by Cheryl
between Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy. Mr. Collins does nothing for the Bennets beyond a condemning letter and parades his lack of Christian mercy and good works towards the Bennets. Mr. Darcy, OTOH, is silent but springs immediately into useful action in rescuing Lydia. Although he later confesses to Elizabeth he did his good works only for her, I really feel that underneath he also had Elizabeth's entire family at heart. The two characters are going in opposite directions: Mr. Collins sinking in his remorseless condemnation and Mr. Darcy elevating in his nobility and goodness. I also wonder if Mr. Collins let Charlotte read the letter he had penned and what she might have thought of it. Again, as has already been excellently pointed out, we are looking at 18/19th century morality through 21st century eyes(!) Neverthess, I am appalled by this so-called clergyman's lack of mercy and forgiveness. YUCK.
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