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Written by Line
(1/24/2004 10:14 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Yes, he did, penned by B. Michelle
I think JA was saying that Mr. Collins did have a gentleman's schooling (he went to university, after all), but that it didn't do him much good!
As for "illiterate", I thought it meant that Mr. Collins Sr. was a Philistine (a person who is hostile or indifferent to culture or the arts, according to my dictionary), and had no interest in the wider world around him or in any intellectual activity, and probably despised people who did (especially the kind who would read two-hundred-year-old novels for pleasure! ;-).
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