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Written by B. Michelle
(1/24/2004 10:30 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Basically agree..., penned by Mandy N
Here is what JA says about him
Mr. Collins was not a sensible man, and the deficiency of nature had been but little assisted by education or society; the greatest part of his life having been spent under the guidance of an illiterate and miserly father; and though he belonged to one of the universities, he had merely kept the necessary terms, without forming at it any useful acquaintance.
As Line said, "poor" no doubt meant bad. Though Mr. Collins Sr. could not have had an estate, as Mr. Collins did not inherit one and he did not have a gentleman's education either. (I am taking "illiterate" to mean "not well educated" rather than "unable to read".)
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