Posted by Cassia on November 20, 1997 at 15:47:43:
In response to Charlotte, written by Kate on November 20, 1997 at 13:45:06
] Could he, therefore, even be described as a "gentleman". Can Charlotte, like Lizzy, claim to be a "gentleman's daughter" and therefore able to think of marrying anyone other than the nobility? Is Charlotte in fact marrying "up" by marrying Mr Collins, given that he is a clergyman, (and therefore a gentleman) and is in line to inherit (not buy) an old and reasonably valuable estate? Has she in fact made a good marriage, by these lights, rather than settled for the best she could do?
It's a good deal on both ways. Since receing a knighthood removes the 'taint' of trade from Sir William, it is a lateral move for Charlotte. Mr Collins gains importance from marrying the daughter of a knight. Very well blanced, I'd say.
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