Posted by The Mysterious H.C. on November 18, 1997 at 14:17:27:
In response to Possibilities, written by Caroline on November 17, 1997 at 18:59:02
] However, I find the contention put forward by one of Austen's biographers( Park Honan?) the a young Mr Collins changed his name to Bennet in order to inherit Longbourn, thereby causing a rift in the family, also plausible. Indeed, is this not what Jane Austen's brother did ?
But that implies that Mr. Bennet would not have inherited Longbourn patrilineally, which contradicts what we know about Longbourn being entailed by male primogeniture ("in default of heirs male", chapter 7).
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