Posted by RachelE on November 20, 1997 at 23:26:32:
In response to Marrying Mr. Collins..., written by Liz M on November 20, 1997 at 15:46:17
] Charlotte may have married up - or at least on her own level - socially by accepting Mr. Collins, but she certainly married down intellectually and emotionally! Charlotte herself tells Elizabeth that it is an eligible match.
] However, Charlotte also recognizes that Mr. Collins is the best she can do, since she has no expectations of attracting someone like Mr. Bingley or Mr. Darcy. Gentlemen of that type would surely look askance on her father's position.
] As for whether it was the right thing to do? Readers of P&P tend to think not, because we know what a moron Mr. Collins is. However, Charlotte may think otherwise.
I feel very sorry for Charlotte, and I'm very thankful for the difference in the status of women now. For me, a marriage to a concieted idiot like Mr. Collins would be absolutely unthinkable. I'd live single the rest of my life rather than live with him. But given her options at that point in history, I can understand why she chose the way she did. After all, she was 27--practically an old maid(lol)--and there weren't likely to be any other offers coming her way. Her social group was decidedly limited, and she wouldn't have had many opportunities to meet new men. In her shoes, at that time, I don't know what I would've done.
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