The Collins arrival - JA's humour
Posted by Kate on November 24, 1997 at 12:26:56:
I have to admit that I usually skip over the chapters on Mr Collins when I reread P&P, so it is doing me good to read them again.
I love some of the tongue in cheek comments made about Collins. After the receipt of the letter, in which he has said that he will be "ever ready to perform those rites and ceremonies which are instituted by the Church of England", Elizabeth is struck by "... his kind intention of christening, marrying and burying his parishioners whenever it was required"
He has pompously made something impressive out of the minimal requirements of his position.
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