Posted by Helen on November 25, 1997 at 11:07:53:
In response to Help! I can't slooooow down!, written by Carolyn B on November 24, 1997 at 23:19:49
] This time I did notice the line about how Lizzy's dances with Mr. Collins were "dances of mortification" : ) And I had forgotten how young he was because any image I may have had of him originally has been replaced by what I have seen in the different adaptations. He always seems to be played by men who look late 30s, early 40s and not 25. (And as someone said in a different thread about Bingley - when I last read P&P before seeing P&P2, I was still in college, and 25 seemed old!) Mr. Collins's seriousness and pretentiousness is somehow even sillier in a younger man, I think.
I agree. I also think that dramatists' tendencies to make him older show up JA's creativity: Mr. Collins as pompous middle-aged clergyman is a real stereotype... Mr. Collins as a young man who is devoid of any real commitment to what his job involves, and is stupid yet devoted to his own preferment is a truly original creation!
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