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Written by Kathleen Glancy
(5/4/2013 2:47 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Doesn't the entail ..., penned by gianni
we don't know. There could be dozens of male relatives or there could be none. It isn't really relevant, because all we need to know at present is that Mr Collins is the heir unless and until Mrs Bennet produces a son, or else dies and Mr Bennet marries again and fathers a son. Mr Collins is only 25 and seems quite healthy, and indeed he has a somewhat healthier lifestyle than Mr Bennet - working in the garden instead of sitting in the library - so the balance of probablity is that Mr Bennet will die first. If any circumstance arises in the remaining chapters which makes it necessary for us to know more about the entail and other possible heirs Jane Austen will tell us, if Mrs Bennet is alive and unpregnant and Mr Collins is alive at the end of the book she probably won't.
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