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|Random observations from Mr. Collins
Written by Kristen G.
(1/23/2004 4:44 p.m.)
Mr Collins says "I have found out by a singular accident, that there is now in the room a near relation of my patroness. I happened to over hear the gentleman himself mentioning to the young lady who does the honors of this house the names of his cousin Miss de Bourgh, and of her mother Lady Catherine." Why does Darcy mention Miss de Bourgh to Miss Bingley? Could it be that he, from time to time, refers to their possible nearer connection so as to give Caroline a hint to back off?
Mr Collins soon after says, "Mr Darcy...answered me with the utmost civility, and even paid me the compliment of saying, that he was so well convinced of Lady Catherine's discernment as to be certain she could never bestow a favour unworthily." Was Mr Darcy being sarcastic and Mr. Collins failed to see it? Does this mean that he doesn't think so very highly of his noble aunt after all?
Mr Collins observes, "it was but the very Saturday night before I left Hunsford -- between our pools at quadrille while Mrs. Jenkinson was arranging Miss de Bourgh's footstool..." Who is this Mrs. Jenkinson? She sounds like a sort of slave to the de Bourghs!
Lastly, Mr Collins says that, "[Miss de Bourgh] is perfectly amiable, and often condescends to drive by my humble abode in her little phaeton and ponies." Is Mr Collins just being silly, or was there a little flirtation going on? If that was the case, it may be the reason why Lady Catherine tells Mr Collins that the time is right for finding a wife, but not one "brought up high"! ;-)
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