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Written by Geri-Lynn
(5/15/2007 3:57 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Perhaps Geri-Lynn is referring to the line in chpt 22, penned by Tracy W
I've never thought that Charlotte was evil in her scheming, but the fact that she was contriving to win (secure) Mr. Collins out of her desire to not be a burden on her parents makes me think that perhaps she's concerned only for her own situation and happiness (or at least more concerned for herself) than she is about the feelings of the man she intends to marry.
This also stood out to me: "I see what you are feeling," replied Charlotte; "you must be surprised, very much surprised -- so lately as Mr. Collins was wishing to marry you. But when you have had time to think it all over, I hope you will be satisfied with what I have done. I am not romantic, you know; I never was. I ask only a comfortable home; and considering Mr. Collins's character, connexions, and situation in life, I am convinced that my chance of happiness with him is as fair as most people can boast on entering the marriage state."
Her focus is definitely not on romance here, rather, she looks to satisfly her own creature comforts and secure her future. Mr. Collins is merely a means to an end.
But, perhaps I am too hard on Charlotte here. I always thought she meekly hooked up with Mr. Collins and that it was a good thing because we didn't want poor Charlotte to end up a lonely old maid. Now I'm beginning to wonder if perhaps I need not have feared for Charlotte at all because she had a plan (scheme) of her own to prevent that -- and she certainly pulled it off! :-)
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