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|The tone of Mr Collins letter?
Written by Mandy N
(1/18/2004 10:44 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Making fun of a guest at his own table, penned by Kathi
Mr.Bennet may've been intially abit harsh on Mr Collins. My impression was after reading his cousin's letter he didn't expect any sense from his guest. A phrase in William Collins letter "... my earnest endeavour to demean myself ..." Demean? When they sit down to dinner with their guest, JA tells us Mr Bennet scarcely spoke at all. Perhaps Mr B. was weighing up Mr Collins' conversation? Then decided he hadn't the charecter to match his stated good intentions. Ethics also decree the hostess should make her guest welcome as well. The entailment may've overshadowed some people at that dinner creating difficulties.
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