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Pride and Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice Charlotte Lucas is the eldest daughter of Sir William and Lady Lucas. Her connection with Elizabeth Bennet goes back a long time. Her family are 'particularly intimate' with the Bennett's and are often guests at Longbourn. Charlotte is frequently seen visiting Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice. We first read about Charlotte in chapter 5 where Mrs Bennet is congratulating her on being 'Mr Bingley's first choice'. She comes across as being calm and well balanced. Charlotte seems to have as much common sense as Elizabeth but not quite so much wit. Charlotte is in the situation that many women in the nineteenth century ended up in. ...read more.

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She feels that her match with Elizabeth's cousin is a good one. 'Considering Mr Collins character, connections, and situation in life' she has a 'fair chance of happiness' with him. Charlotte is very much afraid of rejection, she is not at all sure that another offer of marriage will ever come her way. To Elizabeth this is no reason to accept the hand of a person whom you do not, and feel you never could love. When Elizabeth first hears the news of the engagement she can hardly believe it. 'Engaged to Mr Collins! My dear Charlotte, - impossible' She would never have thought that Charlotte would be capable of marrying him as they had spoken only occasionally. ...read more.

Conclusion

When Elizabeth goes with Sir William Lucas and Maria to the parsonage Mr Collins seems very interested in showing Elizabeth all the splendour she could have had if she had been less of a 'disagreeable girl' Somehow Elizabeth feels that Charlotte has in a way taken Mr Collins from her. Elizabeth does not and never will want to marry Mr Collins but without realising it she feels that maybe he belonged to her in a way. Now he belongs to Charlotte and this makes her feels betrayed. There is no way Elizabeth could ever fully understand why Charlotte feels the need to marry Mr Collins. Elizabeth is pretty, witty and attractive to men - and much younger than Charlotte. Charlotte is twenty-seven, plain and with no hope of attracting anyone really eligible. Elizabeth can never put herself in Charlotte's position. ...read more.

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