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“Lady Catherine Was Reckoned Proud By Many People He Knew But He Had Never Seen Anything But Affability In Her “ Mr Collins. Do You Agree With Mr Collins View of Lady Catherine In “Pride and Prejudice” By Jane Austen?

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"LADY CATHERINE WAS RECKONED PROUD BY MANY PEOPLE HE KNEW BUT HE HAD NEVER SEEN ANYTHING BUT AFFABILITY IN HER" MR COLLINS. DO YOU AGREE WITH MR COLLINS VIEW OF LADY CATHERINE IN "PRIDE AND PREJUDICE" BY JANE AUSTEN? When considering this opinion, I will also think about Mr Collins' view on other things. His view towards Lady Catherine de Bourgh is very biased as she is his patroness. Also, he would never say anything, which would make her look anything less than wonderful, as he is afraid of her. Lady Catherine often intimidates people, whether knowingly or not. One instance of this is at Rosings when talking to Elizabeth about her and her sisters' abilities. "Do you draw? No not at all ...... That is very strange. ...read more.

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After having noticed Elizabeth's mood, instead of asking what was wrong, Lady Catherine decided that it must be because Elizabeth was leaving Rosings. Lady Catherine could have used this opportunity to speak kindly to Elizabeth. However, her ego prevents her from wishing to hear Elizabeth's point of view. Many things lead Mr Collins to believe Lady Catherine to be affable. Charlotte describes her as, "A most attentive neighbour". You can imagine that she is always interfering in their business. What Mr Collins sees as Lady Catherine being kind and attentive, most people would see as nosy and intrusive. Mr Collins also sees Lady Catherine's invitation to Rosings as kind. I believe Lady Catherine invited the Lucas' and Elizabeth in order to meddle in their affairs, rather than out of kindness. ...read more.

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Mr Collins finds Lady Catherine awe inspiring. This is to do with the power she holds due to her wealth and the way in which she conducts herself. When in the company of people who do not know Lady Catherine well, he often describes how grand her house is and how very generous she is. He is merely repeating what she says to him. It would, therefore, not be in his interest to tell other people that she is proud. In conclusion, I believe that Mr Collins' opinion is biased and therefore not trustworthy. Not only is it in his favour to speak well of Lady Catherine, but he mistakes her nosiness for attentiveness. This is due to him not being a very good judge of character, and also his misunderstanding of the way sociery works. Overall, I disagree with Mr Collins' view of Lady Catherine, and I believe she is a very proud woman. English Coursework Vicky Maberley - S11K 8 January 2002 Page 1 ...read more.

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