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|I agree...even Mr. Collins could see it
Written by Julianne E.
(1/19/2004 9:29 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mary is not a candidate as a wife for Mr. Collins..., penned by Mary-L
]Having been preempted by Jane's existing suitor, Bingley, and having then been rejected in no uncertain terms by the next daughter in line, Elizabeth, I am convinced that Mr C would cross the Bennet family off his list of eligible families with marriageable daughters.
I've always felt this way too. Besides that, Elizabeth herself told Mr. Collins, "In making me the offer, you must have satisfied the delicacy of your feelings with regard to my family, and may take possession of Longbourn estate whenever it falls, without any self-reproach."
If Mr. Collins was unsure as to whether he should move on to a third Bennet daughter, I think even he would recognize the sense of Elizabeth's comment, and decide that he was within his rights to choose someone from another family. And since it took so long for her to convince him that she was serious, he probably was thinking of how few days he had left of his visit in which to find a wife. IMO he was basically on an errand for Lady Catherine!
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