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|Mr Collins way of comforting by letter
Written by Johanna Elisabet
(2/9/2004 4:37 a.m.)
In chapter 48 Jane reads Mr Collins letter to her father. He writes to comfort Mr Bennet but his choice of words are quite the opposite. ",to condole you on the grievous affliction" "The death of your daughter would have been a blessing" Lydias behavoir "has proceeded from a faulty degree of indulgence;" Lydias "disposition must be naturally bad," "this false step in one daughter will be injurious to the fortunes of all the others;" and of course his own "augmented satisfaction" of being spared of that injury by Elizabeths refusal. I wonder if Jane and Elizabeth would want to keep this letter from their father. I think the content would be doing more harm than even Mr Bennets foundness of sillyness could overcome.
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