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Written by Penelope
(1/26/2004 2:05 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Good points..., penned by Kathrynn
I wonder if Lizzy judges Charlotte more harshly because she knows more of Mr Collins and she does not think very highly of him - a conceited narrow little man, as she calls him. So in her eyes Charlotte is quite clearly marrying for security, and not for a romantic reason, to a man Lizzy feels has little or no qualities that would make a sensible woman actually like him. Wickham she judges less partly because she likes him and has been flattered by his attentions - she's only human :) - and also because Miss King is a 'good sort of girl' - that is, she is not an objectionable match as Mr Collins is, she's just pleasant enough. If Miss King was also a very objectionable character, she might judge Wickham a little more harshly perhaps ??
At this point Lizzy isn't clear-sighted enough to see the similarities between Charlotte's and Wickham's behaviour, and her attraction to Wickham leads her to be easier on him than Charlotte in this matter.
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