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|Is Charlotte trifling with Mr. Collins happiness?
Written by Robbin
(5/14/2007 9:05 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Perhaps Geri-Lynn is referring to the line in chpt 22, penned by Tracy W
Without thinking highly either of men or of matrimony, marriage had always been her object; it was the only honourable provision for well-educated young women of small fortune, and however uncertain of giving happiness, must be their pleasantest preservative from want. This preservative she had now obtained; and at the age of twenty-seven, without having ever been handsome, she felt all the good luck of it. (Chapter 22)
Who’s benefits should Charlotte concern herself with in accepting Mr. Collins other than hers and his. IMO Charlotte wants fortune no more than any other lady should want it in order to have a secure future. If that sentiment is selfish then it is one sanctioned by her society. I happen to agree with Jane in Chapter 24 that Lizzy is being too hard on Charlotte. Charlotte’s thoughts do not go into Mr. Collins benefits from the marriage but I daresay he told her of them already in Chapter 22; he was satisfied in how things were settled between them and said the day of their marriage would make him the happiest of men. ;D
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