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|Unless Mr Collins is fooling himself (which is always possible)
Written by kathleen (elder)
(4/17/2013 7:12 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Easing the way, penned by Robbin
then I think Chapter 15 indicates that he really is trying to ease the pain of the entailment to the Bennet women:
Having now a good house and very sufficient income, he intended to marry; and in seeking a reconciliation with the Longbourn family he had a wife in view, as he meant to chuse one of the daughters, if he found them as handsome and amiable as they were represented by common report. This was his plan of amends -- of atonement -- for inheriting their father's estate; and he thought it an excellent one, full of eligibility and suitableness, and excessively generous and disinterested on his own part.
Of course, the last part of this quote makes it clear that he is very (self-)satisfied w/ his plan, but that doesn't negate his motive of making amends, imo.
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