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|Surely Elizabeth is thinking about her own opinions?
Written by Tracy W
(5/14/2007 6:09 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I see Elizabeth's feelings here..., penned by Reeba
I thought it was pretty clear from context that Elizabeth is thinking about her own opinion of Charlotte, not the opinion of anyone else. The only people mentioned in that paragraph are Elizabeth, Charlotte and Mr Collins. I don't see any hint that Elizabeth would be thinking about anyone else's reactions to Charlotte's marriage while she was still so surprised. Therefore I read this as Elizabeth finding the thought of Charlotte and Mr Collins being married as humiliating for Elizabeth herself, and that Elizabeth thinks that Charlotte has sunk herself in Elizabeth's esteem.
May I ask why you think Elizabeth might have been thinking about the opinions of the people in Meryton of the match?
I know you and I disagree about whether Elizabeth was right to regard Charlotte as doing a bad thing in getting engaged to Mr Collins. I think the spirit of the guidelines of this board are against us having that argument again, so I will not.
However, I think that Elizabeth's ability to recollect herself, and being able to assure Charlotte that the prospect of their relationship was highly grateful to her, and that she wished her all imaginable happiness argues against Elizabeth being like her mother on this issue. Mrs Bennet certainly doesn't have such a calm reaction when she is thwarted (consider Mrs Bennet's reaction to Mr Bennet saying he wouldn't go to call on Mr Bingley, or when she finds out Elizabeth has rejected Mr Collins).
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