As the story progresses, so does her relationship with Mr. While being handsome, tall, and intelligent, Darcy lacks ease and social gracesand so others frequently mistake his aloof decorum and rectitude as further proof of excessive pride which, in part, it is. His estate, Longbourn, is entailed to the male line. Bennet, and the mother of their five daughters.
Go to table of contents. Elizabeth took an opportunity of thanking her. This was very amiable, but Charlotte's kindness extended farther than Elizabeth had any Mrs bennet of; -- its object was nothing less than to secure her from any return of Mr.
Collins's addresses, by engaging them towards herself. Such was Miss Lucas's scheme; and appearances were so favourable that when they parted at night, she would have felt almost sure of success if he had not been to leave Hertfordshire so very soon.
But here, she did injustice to the fire and independence of his characterfor it led him to escape out of Longbourn House the next morning with admirable slyness, and hasten to Lucas Lodge to throw himself at her feet. He was anxious to avoid the notice of his cousins, from a conviction that if they saw him depart, they could not fail to conjecture his design, and he was not willing to have the attempt known till its success could be known likewise; for though feeling almost secure, and with reason, for Charlotte had been tolerably encouraging, he was comparatively diffident since the adventure of Wednesday.
His reception however was of the most flattering kind. Miss Lucas perceived him from an upper window as he walked towards the house, and instantly set out to meet him accidentally in the lane. But little had she dared to hope that so much love and eloquence awaited her there.
In as short a time as Mr. Collins's long speeches would allow, every thing was settled between them to the satisfaction of both; and as they entered the house, he earnestly entreated her to name the day that was to make him the happiest of men; and though such a solicitation must be waved for the present, the lady felt no inclination to trifle with his happiness.
The stupidity with which he was favoured by nature must guard his courtship from any charm that could make a woman wish for its continuance; and Miss Lucaswho accepted him solely from the pure and disinterested desire of an establishmentcared not how soon that establishment were gained.
Sir William and Lady Lucas were speedily applied to for their consent; and it was bestowed with a most joyful alacrity.
Collins's present circumstances made it a most eligible match for their daughter, to whom they could give little fortune; and his prospects of future wealth were exceedingly fair.
Lady Lucas began directly to calculate with more interest than the matter had ever excited before, how many years longer Mr.
Bennet was likely to live; and Sir William gave it as his decided opinion that whenever Mr. Collins should be in possession of the Longbourn estate, it would be highly expedient that both he and his wife should make their appearance at St.
The whole family, in short, were properly overjoyed on the occasion. The younger girls formed hopes of coming out a year or two sooner than they might otherwise have done; and the boys were relieved from their apprehension of Charlotte's dying an old maid.
Charlotte herself was tolerably composed. She had gained her point, and had time to consider of it. Her reflections were in general satisfactory. Collins to be sure was neither sensible nor agreeable; his society was irksome, and his attachment to her must be imaginary.
But still, he would be her husband. This preservative she had now obtained; and at the age of twenty-seven, without having ever been handsomeshe felt all the good luck of it.
The least agreeable circumstance in the business was the surprise it must occasion to Elizabeth Bennetwhose friendship she valued beyond that of any other person. Elizabeth would wonder, and probably would blame her; and though her resolution was not to be shaken, her feelings must be hurt by such disapprobation.
She resolved to give her the information herself, and therefore charged Mr.What does all that have to do with Mr. Bennet? He's suffering consequences. He made the life-changing mistake of marrying someone just because she was cute and flirty, and all it got him was a "discontented" and ridiculous wife and five daughters.
Young Love. Let's flash back to what Mr. and Mrs. Bennet's whole romance must have been like. Some files on this web site may require Adobe Acrobat Reader - download free. Pride & Prejudice, Chapter XXII of Volume I (Chap. 22) Go to prev. chapter. Go to end of chapter. Go to next chapter.
Go to chronology. Go to charact. list. Plot summary. The novel opens with Mrs. Bennet trying to persuade Mr. Bennet to visit Mr. Bingley, a rich and eligible bachelor who has arrived in the neighbourhood.
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