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|Mr. Collins' helpfulness
Written by Line
(5/22/2007 6:41 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr. Collins's description of Lady C's forebearance re: fashion, penned by Cathy Allen
"Do not make yourself uneasy, my dear cousin, about your apparel. Lady Catherine is far from requiring that elegance of dress in us which becomes herself and daughter. I would advise you merely to put on whatever of your clothes is superior to the rest -- there is no occasion for anything more. Lady Catherine will not think the worse of you for being simply dressed."
He's basically saying "Don't worry about your clothes, you'll be fine!"
Then we find out why Lady Catherine won't mind if Elizabeth is simply dressed: "She likes to have the distinction of rank preserved"(!)
I also noticed that earlier in the chapter, Mr. Collins praises Lady Catherine for her hospitality: "Who could have imagined that we should receive an invitation to dine there (an invitation, moreover, including the whole party) so immediately after your arrival!". Wouldn't it be rude of her to invite the Collinses over for dinner without inviting the houseguests who she knew very well had recently arrived to stay with them?
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