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|Charlotte is prudent but not selfish
Written by Susan L
(5/16/2007 12:13 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Prudence, prudence, penned by Robbin
If prudence, as described by the Merriam-Webster online dicionary, can be described as "shrewd in the management of practical affairs" then Charlotte is extremely shrewd. (I am not aware of the definition at that time and I wonder how it has changed).
Being selfish, by constrast, requires somebody to be concerned excessively or exclusively with themselves, without regard for others, which I do not believe to be a reasonable description of Charlotte. Charlotte is concerned about her future and she should be. Her future as a spinster is likely to be one of dependence on others at home with her parents, with married siblings after the death of her parents or as a governess (if she has the skills). And this is a future she apparently did not welcome, based on her comments to Lizzy that Jane should secure Mr Bingley, and her actions in securing Mr Collins as a husband.
So I believe Charlotte's actions in securing herself a secure future to be prudent, and I have observed nothing that would suggest she put her interests here before anybody elses (that is obtained this aim through selfish means).
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