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Written by Robbin
(5/14/2010 9:41 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, To this discovery succeeded some others equally mortifying, penned by Stephanie
Perhaps this is not what you intend, but you seem to be suggesting Lizzy would accept a man for who she has no esteem if she respected him. While I agree Lizzy’s idea is less than only the deepest love will tempt her into marriage (P&P2) I don’t see any evidence she believes it appropriate to accept a man with only the possibility she can learn affection for him at some point in the future. I think Lizzy agrees with Jane that a woman ought to feel something in the nature of regard and esteem before accepting a man:
"Remember that she is one of a large family; that as to fortune it is a most eligible match; and be ready to believe, for everybody's sake, that she may feel something like regard and esteem for our cousin."
"To oblige you, I would try to believe almost anything, but no one else could be benefited by such a belief as this; for were I persuaded that Charlotte had any regard for him, I should only think worse of her understanding than I now do of her heart." (24)
I agree Lizzy thought it impossible Charlotte could learn to love Mr. Collins but first she thought badly of Charlotte for sacrificing “every better feeling to worldly advantage” (22) in other words for accepting him without any respect, regard or esteem for him whatsoever. The narrator says Lizzy was “less clear-sighted… in his case than in Charlotte's” (26) which suggests if Lizzy had been able to see past her vanity she would have seen Wickham’s behavior in the exact same selfish-mercenary light as Charlotte’s. (:D)
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