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|Odious, but not for that reason
Written by Kathi
(1/21/2004 12:11 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr Bennet's death, penned by Kristen G.
] I find Mr. Collins saying that Mr Bennet's death might "not be for several years" ridiculous and in very poor taste. After all, Mr Bennet is at my guess in his late forties (he has been married twenty-five years and I assume he was a youngish man when he married). Therefore it seems ridiculous to talk of his maybe living for several years ("It is a miracle his life has extended thus far!" ;-) ). Also, of course, it sounds as if Mr Collins has calculated how many years it might be until he comes into Longborne.
] Really, what an odious man! ;-)
I don't see that he meant it that way at all. He was expressing a wish that it would be some time before he inherited. He was actually trying to be nice, IMO, but he's just not perceptive enough to know how, or to put himself in someone else's place and see it from that person's point of view. That's odious enough, but not malicious.
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