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|Charlotte's loose tongue
Written by Cheryl
(6/9/2007 11:41 p.m.)
"The death of your daughter would have been a blessing in comparison of this. And it is the more to be lamented, because there is reason to suppose, as my dear Charlotte informs me, that this licentiousness of behaviour in your daughter has proceeded from a faulty degree of indulgence; ... Howsoever that may be, you are grievously to be pitied; in which opinion I am not only joined by Mrs. Collins, but likewise by Lady Catherine and her daughter, to whom I have related the affair." (ch. 48)
Now, why would Charlotte say this? I understand that her loyalties must lie with her husband, and what she said was true, of course, but what was the point in saying this? What was to be gained by it? She had to know Collins would go right to Lady Catherine with the gossip and that her friend Elizabeth would be hurt by the spread of the tale. I just don't understand Charlotte's motivation here. Can anyone help me?
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