Posted by Bob S. on December 02, 1997 at 13:12:02:
In response to Mary and Mr. Collins, written by Laura W on December 01, 1997 at 15:24:29
Perhaps Charlotte was added in altogether at such a later point of drafting because she doesn't seem to serve any other purpose in the narrative--e.g., if Mary had married Mr. Collins then Lizzy could have gone to visit her at Rosings (I forget the village/parsonage name).
She could have gone to visit, but would she have? I didn't get the feeling that Mary was particularly close to any of her sisters, including Elizabeth. I don't think that Mary and Mr. Collins would have drawn Elizabeth to Hunsford nearly as quickly as Charlotte did (it was only 3 or 4 months after they were married). By the time Elizabeth would have gotten around to doing her "sisterly duty" to visit them (probably with Jane, I doubt that her mother, father, or younger sisters would have been interested in visiting her), Darcy probably would already have gotten over Elizabeth and might even have married someone else. :-(
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