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Written by kathleen (elder)
(1/25/2004 5:44 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, No sour grapes for Charlotte, penned by Mary Frances 2
Charlotte is not entirely without selfish concerns in this, however.
At the end of Chapter 32, the narrator says:
In her kind schemes for Elizabeth she sometimes planned her marrying Colonel Fitzwilliam. He was beyond comparison the pleasantest man; he certainly admired her, and his situation in life was most eligible; but, to counterbalance these advantages, Mr. Darcy had considerable patronage in the church, and his cousin could have none at all.
Mr Darcy's patronage in the church is, I think, a reference to how he might be able to help the Collinses. That seems to me to be a bit selfish in her plans for Elizabeth's future husband.
Also, she doesn't seem concerned with which man (if either) would actually make Elizabeth happy. In fact, she assumes Elizabeth dislike for Darcy "would vanish, if she could suppose him to be in her power." Another piece of evidence showing that Charlotte & Elizabeth not only do not agree with respect to the subject of marriage but also do not know one another's opinion on the matter.
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