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Written by Connie
(5/11/2010 9:37 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, To this discovery succeeded some others equally mortifying, penned by Stephanie
to tempt me." She later did (unwittingly) tempt him to propose! Although many people see his initial criticism of her as a kind of snobbery, he does not put it in those terms, so I think, at the very least, it is open to interpretation. I am now leaning towards believing his behavior at the first ball had little to do with class consciousness. So I am agreeing with Stephanie here.
I do not necessarily believe Lizzy would not want to be head-over-heels in love with her future husband, but certainly she would have to respect him in order to continue so. I think she was looking for balance. "Love-at-first-sight" was more where she was headed with Wickham. She left her sense behind and could have paid for it, as Lydia later did. But I agree that if Mr. Collins had been a man Charlotte could respect, Lizzy would have reacted differently to their marriage.
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