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|Charlotte has a shrewd eye for the marriage market
Written by MelanieB
(1/26/2004 2:35 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ch 30: Charlotte's view of Elizabeth and Darcy, penned by Irene M
"I may thank you, Eliza, for this piece of civility. Mr. Darcy would never have come so soon to wait upon me."
Now why would Charlotte think this? Did she think that Elizabeth already had some sort of influence over Darcy? Did Charlotte "see" something and came to certain conclusions about Elizabeth's and Darcy's relationship?]
It is possible that Charlotte is merely saying that a man as aware of his own importance as Mr Darcy would hardly rush to call on a country parson's wife. Although the Netherfield party were on calling terms with the Lucases, Charlotte is now Mrs Collins and we know from the Netherfield Ball Mr Darcy is not anxious for Mr Collins' acquaintance. The Longbourne family were seen to have closer links to the Netherfield party, through Jane's "friendship" with Miss Bingley and through the (much vaunted by Mrs Bennet) connection between Jane and Bingley.
I think there is more to it, however. Charlotte has shown herself to have a shrewd eye for the matrimonial market - vide her snapping up of Mr Collins and her comments about Jane and Bingley "...she may lose the opportunity of fixing him." She was present when Darcy asked Lizzy to dance at the Netherfield Ball and cautioned her against letting her preference for Wickham make her "apppear unpleasant in the eyes of a man of ten times his consequence". We know she had at least one brief conversation about why Darcy was staring at Lizzy in public.
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