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|Amusement at Mr Collins's expense
Written by kathleen (elder)
(4/14/2013 11:09 a.m.)
After hearing Mr Collins's leter, Elizabeth asks her father
"He must be an oddity, I think," said she, "I cannot make him out. There is something very pompous in his style. -- And what can he mean by apologizing for being next in the entail? -- We cannot suppose he would help it if he could. -- Can he be a sensible man, sir?"
Then in Chap 14,
Mr. Bennet's expectations were fully answered. His cousin was as absurd as he had hoped, and he listened to him with the keenest enjoyment, maintaining at the same time the most resolute composure of countenance, and, except in an occasional glance at Elizabeth, requiring no partner in his pleasure.
But not long after (before the end of Chap 14), Mr Bennet is no longer amused.
By tea-time, however, the dose had been enough, and Mr. Bennet was glad to take his guest into the drawing-room again
A definite case of Be careful what you wish for. :-p
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