Paperback: (February 1987)
St. Martin's Press; ISBN: 0312906749
Hardcover: 192 pages (September 1983)
Hale; ISBN: 0709011121
The first; Lady Catherine de Bourgh was so incensed that her nephew married beneath him to one who was connected to him that he had to seek another living. In consequence of the reason for the ire of his patroness, he seeks help from the disgraced nephew. This gentleman sought about for a living, and having none then at his own disposal, and through a friend, was able to offer Teverton, in Mr Dallow's gift. "When the child was born he was christened Fitzwilliam in honour of the mismatched nephew, and Mr. Collins addressed himself to his new position with effusions of humble gratitude. But as time passed, and no further gestures were received from the nephew, and the Rectory and garden were found to be smaller and less convenient than those in Kent, and Mr Dallow found to be less susceptible to respectful adulation than his precursor and it was understood that the nephew and aunt were again on fair terms, the boy's name was for convenience shortened to William."
The second unfortunate happenstance was that his cousin, whose estate was entailed on him, remained in excellent health. This deprived him of what he considered his rightful property. This defines Mr Collins attitude throughout the novel.
The quoted material is included to give you an idea of the tone and language of the book. But, the story is more about his children, William and Marcia; the young Dallows of Teverton Hall, George, Corinna, Jane, Phillipa and Walter; their cousin, Silvia Webster, and Robert Pavey, son of William's employer. These young people fall in love, with others and each other, there is a great deal of reticence and misinterpretation which leads to the usual types of misunderstandings that keep lovers apart. But each couple is finally reunited and all live happily ever after.
I enjoyed this story. The plot was light and predictable and the characters were likable. Mr Collins was less ridiculous than portrayed by JA, but more annoying. Charlotte's character was quite true to the original. She manages her husband, ignores him when necessary and promotes what she thinks is in the best interests of her children.
you encounter this book, I recommend that you give it a read.
The story this time focuses on the inhabitants of the Teverton Hall of the title, who are landed gentry with a handsome son who is to inherit, beautiful daughters, a kind mother and a father who is frequently from home. There is also a solicitor in town, with a son the same age as the squire's son, and an annoying clergyman with a quiet wife, who turn out to be none other than William and Charlotte Collins.
The story is not about the Collins so much as it is about their children, a son and daughter, and their dealings with the family at the Hall. I thought this was a delightful story. The characters were engaging, the few times you see Mr. and Mrs. Collins, they seem to act pretty much in character (Charlotte's worries for her daughter Marcia's happiness ring especially true), and the characters created are lovely.
I never cared too much for William Collins, but he is so little in the story, that it doesn't matter, and you genuinely feel for the gradual awakening of his son's realization of his father's stupidity. A spoiler: I love how Collins' son leaves his family, never to return, to be welcomed with open arms to the homestead he will someday inherit - you've got it, Longbourn - Mr. Bennet welcomes the intelligent offspring of his favorite object of scorn with pleasure. The letter he writes to Mr. Collins is priceless.
I really enjoyed the book, and recommend it, not as a
for the main characters of
Pride and Prejudice are barely mentioned, but as a work in
I'm sorry I can't remember more of the names of the characters for you,
as they were delightful.