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|JA's use of the word "scheme"
Written by Geri-Lynn
(5/13/2007 8:36 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Charlotte after the proposal, penned by Cheryl
From Chapter 22- " Such was Miss Lucas's scheme; and appearances were so favourable, that when they parted at night she would have felt almost sure of success if he had not been to leave Hertfordshire so very soon."
I've been focusing on Charlotte this read, and have to admit that I'm finding some of the things she does rather shocking. I guess she was a bit desperate to "secure" a husband, but I'm seeing her as more selfish this read than I ever observed her to be in the past. She seems to take advantage of the fact that Mr. Collins has been rejected by Lizie and that he is vulnerable. Of course, knowing that Lady C has expressly advised him to bring home a wife, makes him an even easier target for Charlotte's schemes.
I find Charlotte's character a lot more complex this read -- which only makes me appreciate the genius of JA all the more!
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