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Written by Rose G
(5/18/2007 10:49 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Charlotte at the Netherfield ball, penned by Robbin
I just hadn't paid much attention to Charlotte's actions here, before, but this time I also thought that she seemed to be laying some ground work. However, JA doesn't say anything definite about Charlotte's attentions until Ch22 - after Mr Collins' proposal has been rejected by Elizabeth...
'The Bennets were engaged to dine with the Lucases, and again during the chief of the day, was Miss Lucas so kind as to listen to Mr. Collins. Elizabeth took an opportunity of thanking her. "It keeps him in good humour," said she, "and I am more obliged to you than I can express." Charlotte assured her friend of her satisfaction in being useful, and that it amply repaid her for the little sacrifice of her time. This was very amiable, but Charlotte's kindness extended farther than Elizabeth had any conception of; -- its object was nothing else than to secure her from any return of Mr. Collins's addresses, by engaging them towards herself.'
...so, perhaps, Charlotte was only being a good friend at the ball?
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