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Mr. Collins' Proposal to Elizabeth.

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Homework Mr. Collins' Proposal to Elizabeth In chapter nineteen Mr. Collins proposes to Miss. Elizabeth Bennet. Mr. Collins is a first cousin to Miss. Bennet, the proposal came after his interest in the eldest daughter - Jane, came to an end. Mr. Collins' reasons for wanting to marry Elizabeth are summarised in a long part of the conversation with Elizabeth. "My reasons for marrying are, first, that I think it a right thing for every clergyman in easy circumstances (like myself) to set the example of matrimony in his parish. Secondly, that I am convinced it will add very greatly to my happiness; and thirdly -- which perhaps I ought to have mentioned earlier, that it is the particular advice and recommendation of the very noble lady whom I have the honour of calling patroness. Twice has she condescended to give me her opinion (unasked too!) on this subject; and it was but the very Saturday night before I left Hunsford -- between our pools at quadrille, while Mrs. Jenkinson was arranging Miss de Bourgh's foot-stool, that she said, "Mr. ...read more.


After that sentence, Miss. Bennet became aware that she had to interrupt Mr. Collins right away. "You are too hasty, Sir,'' she cried. ``You forget that I have made no answer. Let me do it without farther loss of time. Accept my thanks for the compliment you are paying me, I am very sensible of the honour of your proposals, but it is impossible for me to do otherwise than decline them." Elizabeth declines the offer of marriage with great ease, however Mr. Collins will not take the hint that Elizabeth does not want to marry him. He persists with his proposal, thinking that Elizabeth is just "playing hard to get." "I am not now to learn,'' replied Mr. Collins, with a formal wave of the hand, ``that it is usual with young ladies to reject the addresses of the man whom they secretly mean to accept, when he first applies for their favour; and that sometimes the refusal is repeated a second or even a third time. I am therefore by no means discouraged by what you have just said, and shall hope to lead you to the altar ere long." ...read more.


My situation in life, my connections with the family of De Bourgh, and my relationship to your own, are circumstances highly in its favor; and you should take it into farther consideration that in spite of your manifold attractions, it is by no means certain that another offer of marriage may ever be made you. " In this paragraph, Mr. Collins reiterates what he can offer to Elizabeth - which will hopefully change her mind. He cannot believe that he is not good enough for Elizabeth. However any small hope he did have for Elizabeth's acceptance were dashed, when he said that nobody else would offer Elizabeth their hand in marriage. This incensed Elizabeth even more than before. After this Mr. Collins said that he would speak to Mr. and Mrs. Bennet to persuade Elizabeth into marrying him. The humour in the situation is shown, in the text a few times. As I said earlier when Mr. Collins first started talking to Elizabeth for her hand in marriage, she was laughing, thinking nothing of what he was saying. In addition to this, she was finding it difficult to keep a straight face throughout the conversation. By Raj Bansal ...read more.

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