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|Charlotte has self-esteem
Written by Robbin
(5/16/2007 1:46 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, "Mr. Bennet-like behavior", penned by Maria Liourdi
I think she just finds it more respectable to be married to Mr. Collins in all his “glory” than to be a dependent spinster all her life, possibly even a burden on her large family. Some day her parents will die and she will be dependent on her siblings, brothers and their wives most likely perhaps her sisters and their husbands. Who is to know if she will stay in one home or be bounced between many helping out where she can to earn her keep. Charlotte could become a governess or paid companion but would loose some of her status as a lady because she must work for her living. Married to Mr. Collins she will have her own home and the opportunity for children and do not forget Lady Catherine—Mr. Collins never will. LoL! But my question to you is did Charlotte have any other choice of a partner? Being plain and twenty-seven and in possession of little fortune or connections, how many more chances can Charlotte expect to get at marriage? There is not any evidence she has ever received an offer before Mr. Collins; he may be her very last chance to avoid spinsterhood. I think one thing going for Charlotte is that she is not like Mrs. Bennet so I do not expect her to behave as she does. I agree that it seems Mr. Collins will never be an agreeable companion but I look forward to seeing how Charlotte tackles this marriage. :D
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