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|I don't find any inconsistency in Lizzy's...
Written by Karen 2L
(1/26/2004 2:00 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Good points..., penned by Kathrynn
view of Wickham and Miss King versus Charlotte and Mr. Collins. First, Lizzy knows very well that she herself should not make an imprudent match and accepts her Aunt Gardiner's warning to that effect. She understands the economics of marriage and never says in the book as she does in P&P2 that only the deepest love would tempt her. IMHO, Lizzy might be able to marry a man whom she does not love, but for whom she feels affection and respect -- Colonel Fitzwilliam springs to mind. Darcy, on the other hand, was not worthy of her respect or affection at Rosings.
However, acting prudently is not the same as consenting to marry a fool, which is what she refuses to do and what she cannot understand in Charlotte. Of course, we don't know enough about Miss King to know whether Wickham's pursuit of her is on a footing with Charlotte accepting Mr. Collins. (We have to put aside what we later find out about Wickham at this point.) Of course, Lizzy has a very low tolerance for fools, and Charlotte does not.
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