Charlotte Collins (née Lucas) is a major character in Jane Austen's Pride and Charlotte also noticed that Mr. Darcy was paying attention to Elizabeth, even Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 6; ↑ Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 17; ↑ Pride and . "I see what you are feeling," replied Charlotte. "You must be surprised, very much surprised—so lately as Mr. Collins was wishing to marry you. But when you. Here are Charlotte's own words on the subject: "I am not romantic, you know. I never was. I ask only a comfortable home; and considering Mr. Collins's character.
Austen writes that prior to his entry into the novel, his circumstances in early life, and the 'subjection' in which his father had brought him up, had "originally given him great humility of manner".
However, this characteristic has been "now a good deal counteracted by the self-conceit of a weak head, living in retirement", altered greatly and been replaced with arrogance and vanity due to "early and unexpected prosperity".
He has a ridiculously high regard for Lady Catherine de Bourgh and her daughter, of whom he is "eloquent in their praise". Mr Collins then marries Elizabeth's friend, Charlotte Lucas. Mr Collins is usually considered to be the foil to Mr. Darcywho is grave and serious, and acts with propriety at all times.
On the other hand, Mr Collins acts with impropriety and exaggerated humilitywhich offers some comedic relief. He likes things, especially if they are expensive or numerous, but is indifferent to true beauty and value "Here, leading the way through every walk and cross walk, and scarcely allowing them an interval to utter the praises he asked for, every view was pointed out with a minuteness which left beauty entirely behind.
He could number the fields in every direction, and could tell how many trees there were in the most distant clump . Bennet tells his wife that his cousin will be visiting them. Mr Bennet reads them a letter sent to him from Mr Collins, where Collins speaks of making amends for any past disagreements between his father and Mr Bennet. In his letter, it is clear that Mr Collins just readily assumes that his overtures of peace will be gratefully accepted, and further presumes upon the family as to announce that he will come stay with them for a week, without even first asking for permission.
Mr William Collins
Upon the first night of his visit, he spends time dining with the family and reading to them from Fordyce's Sermons in their parlour.
It is at this point that Mr Collins seems to take a fancy to the eldest daughter, Jane Bennet. When discussing his intentions with Mrs. Bennet he is told that Jane may very soon be engaged. He spends the rest of his stay making visits around the neighbourhood with the young Misses Bennet. They visit Mrs Phillips, Mrs Bennet's sister. Mr Collins is quite charmed by this encounter and seems extremely pleased to be treated so well by the family. He continues to pay specific attention to Miss Elizabeth.
Collins first gives Elizabeth a hint of his intentions prior to the Netherfield ball hosted by Charles Bingley. He asks Elizabeth if she will allow him the pleasure of being her partner for the first two dances. Miss Elizabeth has a strong aversion for Mr Collins. However, she usually tries to avoid any conversation beyond what is polite and proper.
At the Netherfield ball, she describes her dances with Mr Collins as "dances of mortification". She comments that Mr Collins acts awkwardly and solemn and gives her "all the shame and misery which a disagreeable partner for a couple of dances can give".
Oblivious to how Elizabeth might be feeling, Mr Collins tells her that "almost as soon as he entered the house, he singled her out as the companion of his future life". He also expounds upon his reasons for getting married which are: He 'feels' that every clergyman should set the example of matrimony in his parish.
Charlotte Lucas Collins
Lady Catherine has 'urged' him to find a wife as quickly as possible contradicting his first reason, cited above.
Collins declares himself to be 'violently in love' with Elizabeth; Elizabeth, however, knows that his professed feelings for her are completely imaginary, and that they are a complete miss-match not wishing for a marriage that would most certainly end up miserable like her parents, only with the roles reversedand all of her attempts to dissuade him had been too subtle for him to recognise: When Elizabeth rejects his proposal, despite her mother's approval of the match, Collins is quite taken aback and does not believe that she is serious.
Elizabeth has to tell him firmly that she is in fact serious. Mr Collins seems surprised and insulted. He had not considered that his proposal would ever be undesirable. She was able to steer his attention towards herself, and he eventually proposed to Charlotte, which she accepted. Bennet would die so her daughter could take over Longbourn. Charlotte asked to be the one who told Lizzy of her engagement, which Mr. Elizabeth was shocked by Charlotte's announcement, but she wished her well, hoping that her friend would be happy.
She left Lizzy, and their friendship seemed slightly strained afterwards. Charlotte asked Lizzy to write to her, and visit the following March in the company of Sir Lucas and Maria.
Lizzy reluctantly agreed, but was happy to see Charlotte again when the time came. Collins worked in the parish.
Collins's patroness Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Charlotte showed Lizzy around Hunsford, showing that she has set up her lifestyle to not see Mr. Collins as much as possible. Maria, Elizabeth, and Sir Lucas were invited to dine with Mr. Collins at Rosings, where they met Lady Catherine and her daughter, Anne.
Darcy was falling in love with her friend. After Elizabeth left the Hunsford parsonage, Charlotte is not mentioned again till the end, when Mr.
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Bennet receives a letter from Mr. Collins, congratulating him on Jane and Mr. Bingley's engagement, and announcing that the Collinses are expecting their first child.
Bennet later wrote back to Mr. Collins, announcing that Elizabeth was engaged to Mr.