Less than three days after Mr Collins' proposal to her, Elizabeth is shocked to discover that he has been accepted by her best friend, Charlotte Lucas. Elizabeth cannot believe Charlotte can demean herself so, but her friend tells her that she cannot afford to be choosy and Mr Collins is a good catch. The marriage is to be soon, but Charlotte begs her to visit them at Hunsford Parsonage in March. Written by
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Lady Catherine notes that the Bennet estate is "entailed on Mr. Collins", "away from the female line", thus signifying that she knows Mr. Bennet cannot have had any sons (because his son would have inherited Longbourne), then a moment later asks Lizzie if she has "any brothers and sisters", rather than, "How many sisters do you have?" See more
In vain have I struggled, it will not do. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.
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