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|Would Lizzie feel differently if she were 27?
Written by Stacey GC
(4/20/2013 11:58 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Readerís knowledge vs. Lizzyís: The Lucases, penned by amytat
Elizabeth is much younger (19-20) and clearly more attractive than Charlotte. She has the freedom to hold more romantic rather than financial views on the selection of a husband, or any husband. She has time to refuse an offer of marriage. Charlotte is more pragmatic. There are few men she would come in contact with and younger, prettier girls to compete with (including her own younger sisters). Mr. Collins is an easy fish to catch and she does not waste time.
I wonder if Lizzie might adopt similar attitudes about marriage if...
her father suddenly passed and the family was soon to be forced out by Mr. Collins (like Sense and Sensibility)
she was 8 or 9 years older and losing her "bloom" (like Persuasion)
JA gives the Bennet girls the gift of "time" that she does not give to Charlotte. Time to be jilted, time to refuse, time to flirt, and most of all, time to make mistakes. Charlotte may have had these same opportunities in the past, but we see her now at 27 with no time to lose. I pity her limited choices, but I like her anyway for making the best of it.
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