My take on Charlotte
Posted by Mark on December 03, 1997 at 13:01:55:
In response to wishful thinking..., written by AnneM on December 03, 1997 at 11:44:46
] I think the comment that Darcy had more to give, living wise, says volumes about Charlotte. She may not be able to earn a living, but she is smart enough to do what she can to make herself comfy.
] BTW, I very much like the tone of this discussion.
I have always looked at Charlotte as the astute one. She is a keen observer. She very often sees into the heart of the matter very quickly. Wheither she is wise with what she sees or not has been a source of infinite debate upon these pages.
I, myself, have never held her marriage against her. No, it wasn't for love, that is obvious. But how long do you hold onto your ideals while the biological clock ticks down? Don't forget it ticked quite a bit faster 200 years ago than today. She had absolutely no prospects, and her father couldn't provide for her. As it is, she gets a husband in a comfortable position, AND she will get Longbourn. I can't condemn her for that.
I see her making lemonaid with the lemons life has dealt her. Yes, P&P2 shows her turning sour. But I don't see that in the novel. In that, I think P&P1 was closer.
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