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Written by kathleen (elder)
(1/25/2004 10:09 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Chap.28-29:the stage is set for Rosings, penned by Tara O'Donnell
Because Mr Collins is such a twit, the readers are no more in awe of Rosings than Elizabeth. We certainly don't want to be as concerned as Sir William and Maria, and we would never take Mr Collins' warnings without several grains of salt.
I sometimes think about how different the build up could have been -- we could have been led to believe that Rosings was some sort of Gothic castle, for example, with her Ladyship as a wicked queen! Or we could have thought that Rosings was grand yet comfy, with Lady C as a benevolent mistress of the whole place. Instead, we arrive at Rosings and pretty much see exactly what we were expecting based on Mr Collins' toadying descriptions.
These are great chapters, indeed.
p.s. I love your assessment that Charlotte has "not much mental breathing room." LOL
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