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|Things I've noticed about Mr. C's proposal this time around
Written by Line
(5/13/2007 7:37 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Proposal, penned by Cheryl
Mr. Collins tells Elizabeth "it remains to be told why my views were directed to Longbourn instead of my own neighbourhood, where, I assure you, there are many amiable young women". So, the Bennet girls are by no means the only candidates for the position of Mrs. Collins (at least in his own estimation!).
- One thing I do appreciate about Mr. Collins is that he assures Elizabeth that he will never reproach her about her lack of money. I think that may have been a necessary reassurance in their day, though of course Mr. Collins does it as bluntly and insensitively as possible!
- When Elizabeth says "Were your friend Lady Catherine to know me, I am persuaded she would find me in every respect ill qualified for the situation", Mr. Collins replies " 'Were it certain that Lady Catherine would think so,' said Mr. Collins very gravely." In other words, he is admitting straight out to Elizabeth that if he were *sure* that Lady Catherine disapproved of her, he would retract his proposal. Very flattering...
- Also, I notice that in ch.20, Elizabeth does *not* tell her mother what just happened:
"Mrs. Bennet, having dawdled about in the vestibule to watch for the end of the conference, no sooner saw Elizabeth open the door and with quick step *pass* her towards the staircase, than she entered the breakfast-room, and congratulated both him and herself in warm terms on the happy prospect of their nearer connexion." I'm pretty sure Elizabeth sees her mother on her way upstairs!
- "Not yet, however, in spite of her disappointment in her husband, did Mrs. Bennet give up the point. She talked to Elizabeth again and again; coaxed and threatened her by turns. She endeavoured to secure Jane in her interest; but Jane, with all possible mildness, declined interfering." Another example of pliable Jane being firm!
- At the end of ch.20, Mr. Collins tells Mrs. Bennet: "My conduct may, I fear, be objectionable in having accepted my dismission from your daughter's lips instead of your own." He seems to hold the old-fashioned view that a daughter *belongs* to her parents like any other possession, and once again he seems to feel that a young lady should not be taken as seriously as her parents.
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