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|Trying to impress her?
Written by KateL
(1/24/2004 3:36 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Some more Collins musings, penned by Art
No idea. This has always puzzled me.
]Imagine the possibilities: what would a dance with Mr. Collins and Lydia be like, given all the preceding scenes of Lydia's reactions to him? Or with Jane -- would she blame herself for his missteps? Or with Kitty -- her poor frock? Or with Mary?
He's been warned off Jane, so he needn't pay her any attention now. Mary is talking with him during Elizabeth & Darcy's dance, maybe that's their time together. And I'm sure Lydia grabbed the nearest officer's hand and dragged him to the dance floor whenever she saw her cousin coming!
]But no; instead, he walked away to seek out Elizabeth and tell her about his discovery, only to have to walk all the way back to Mr. Darcy to carry out his original intention. It seems such an unnecessary detour; he could have talked to Darcy, then later bragged about his "success" to Elizabeth. Why would he do things in the sequence that he did?
Perhaps he wanted her to watch while he showed her how well-connected he was. It didn't occur to him that he needed an introduction, so he probably would never think that he might not be well received by Darcy, or that Elizabeth could actually dislike a member of Lady Catherine's family.
In his mind, he was about to do something charming and sophisticated, and he wanted his intended wife to be his admiring audience while he did it. Poor Mr. Collins.
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