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Written by RobinJ
(4/14/2013 3:36 p.m.)
There has been a scene that has puzzled me a little since I first read P&P. It is in Mr. Bennet's library after Lizzy's refusal of Mr. Collins.
Mrs. B has just said that she'll never see Lizzy again if she does not accept Mr. Collins, which I take to mean that she'll just ignore her from here on out. Then Mr. Bennet says:
An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.
He will not see her again if she does marry Mr. Collins. Does he simply mean that he'll just never come and visit in Kent if she marries him?
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