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Written by Jim Morris
(4/15/2013 2:00 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I read that as saying that he would be so disappointed, penned by mikeB in Japan
...as he knew she'd already refused Collins. She was hardly likely to change her mind to please her mother. He was totally on safe ground, although he could have answered a little less emphatically and not taken the occasion to wind-up Mrs Bennet in the bargain. That he supported Lizzie's decision, even balanced against the entail, is a sign of his regard for his daughter, though perhaps not for his wife's "poor nerves".
We might also consider his own views on having William Collins for a son-in-law. Not an enticing prospect, to be sure. Much of what we know of the background of the good reverend is indeed supplied by the narrator, which may influence our own views, and may not, at that stage have been known to Mr Bennet. He had however, already formed his views based on contact.
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