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|Did Mr. Collins just fail to meet Lizzy's price?
Written by Kathi
(1/26/2004 6:14 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Charlotte, penned by Nasima
] Charlotte might have a foresight for things around her, or at least JA, occasionally tries to tell us so from what Charlotte says or advises Lizzy, she wants to tell us that Charlotte not an ordinary friend, she is clever enough to know what is suitable for her and the people around her ,
I like Charlotte a lot, but I think that in some ways she has allowed her own world view -- her view of marriage as merely a way to gain an establishment of her own -- to color her assessment of Lizzy (Lizzy, of course, made the same mistake about Charlotte), limiting her insight, and that makes me doubt that JA is using her for foreshadowing. I think JA uses Charlotte, among other things, to present a contrasting world view from Lizzy's.
Of Lizzy, Charlotte thinks, "for in her opinion it admitted not of a doubt, that all her friend's dislike would vanish, if she could suppose him to be in her power."
We know from Chapter 34 that Charlotte was dead wrong in this assessment. Charlotte believes that Lizzy would be willing to marry a man she actively disliked if the price were right. Charlotte knows that Lizzy turned down Mr. Collins, but from this, it appears that Charlotte thinks that if the money were better, Lizzy's answer would be different.
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