Charlotte Lucas and Mr. Collins' relationship throughout Pride and Prejudice was not romantic like many others in the novel, but merely a. Charlotte's father, Sir William Lucas, was once a tradesman; after Unlike Mr. Collins, George Austen was intelligent, charming, and attractive. . That, really, is the most remarkable aspect of Lizzy's relationship with Darcy. Marrying Mr Collins is a very reasonable decision for Charlotte to .. since the Charlotte/Collins relationship is only a small part of P&P, but.
That first point colors my comments on the second point. I believe you are correct that Perry is saying that Charlotte can feel comfortable in her marriage to Collins and that JA can feel comfortable with Charlotte feeling comfortable because, Perry argues, Charlotte and, by implication, JA, too is a throwback to an earlier era when sexual disgust was simply not in the equation for a married woman.
And I agree strongly with you that JA DID feel strong revulsion, and righteous anger, at the thought of any woman having sex with a man who disgusted her. Collins, and never will. It is better to wed someone who actually wants you then be forced to endure eternal singledom, and the humiliation of seeing all your friends in white dresses which they probably don't deserve to wear!
May 11,9: My opinion of Charlotte has risen greatly over the years. Charlotte Lucas is an underrated heroine. Love and compatibility were not considered essential to a good marriage.
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For that matter, Fanny Price at Mansfield Park. Theirs was a life of dependency and often deprivation. What job choices were there? There were no careers for a educated woman except governess or marriage. Smith made money by selling items to wealthy friends of her nurse.
Charlotte was a tough cookie.
Maybe Elizabeth was the fool to turn down Mr. Travel was difficult and dangerous especially for women. The roads were awful. Ina lone woman would an easy prey for robbery, kidnapping, rape and murder.
It was a time of lawlessness and war. There was espionage, sabotage and the country swarmed with foreign agents and traitorous domestic ones.Charlotte & Collins -- Compromise
Invasion was expected at any moment. Like Fanny Price, Charlotte had no funds or possessions to call her own. Without a suitable marriage, her life would be bleak indeed.
In Charlotte Lucas’s situation, would you marry Mr. Collins?
Life expectancy was between 35 to The main cause of mortality in women was childbirth. I forgot how high but it was very high. Life for even gentlewomen was rough. That Tina Turner song comes to mind: It is just a second hand emotion.
After looking at the divorce statistics, I think not. The average marriage breaks apart before ten or so years if that long. I think today there is an expectation that marriage will be fulfilling but men and women bring such meager qualities to the institution that the marriage is bound to fail.
They each expect the other partner to fulfill their needs while giving little of themselves to the other. Charlotte had no illusions; no false expectations. There were some Austen love matches: Jane Austen seemed to think that the heart should play a part in a marriage but the accountants and lawyers should check out the contract first. A few Austen examples come to mind: Weston and the first Mrs.
Weston nee Churchill did it all for love. Then there was Jane Fairfax and F. Yes, yes, yes, they did it for love but the accountant looked over the books first. Jane Austen was prudence herself.
We tend to sneer at arranged marriages and marriages for economic or political reasons. Yet, in most of the world today, such marriages are the norm and love has nothing to do with it. Women have little or no choice in the matter. I think Charlotte looked at the facts of her case with clear eyes and came to a rational decision.
From the evidence presented in the book, she did not repine. Charlotte Collins controlled two major levers of power: Happiness in the dining room. Happiness in the bedroom. These are not insignificant.
Collins would jump through any hoop Charlotte demanded, suggested or even whispered.
He would be a smart man to pay attention to her whispers. There is nothing in the book which suggested that he was inattentive to his welfare.
He would pay attention. There seems to be a tendency to project back onto the past the values and motivations of today; to make victims of women who did not consider themselves victims. From female authors I have read I am chagrined to admit that most of my library books were written by women from that is not how they portrayed themselves so I reject this point of view. I think the ladies would be offended to thought be of in that way.
We can assume can't we? And, surely, she must have met some intelligent, personable young blokes tradespeople, farmers? That is, people from the same social class as her father, who, we are toldmade his fortune in trade. So, surely, there's no reason to believe that marrying the abominable Mr Collins was her only alternative to being an old maid.
Isn't there even the implication that she was a bit of a social climber like her father! Wonderful posts all through. Although it seems as if Collins won't accept this proposal, the reader is later surprised by the proposal to Lizzy's best friend Charlotte.
She had previously told Lizzy at one of the balls, that she would never marry someone if not for love. Austen's marriage between the two however, contradicts this previous declaration.
When Collins decides to propose to Miss Lucas, he sneaks out of the house and knows that it's not necessarily the best thing for his character. Austen says that Collins was "anxious to avoid the notice of his cousins" Relationships at this time weren't always the best thought out in regards to the emotions of others and this scene furthers this assumption.
Collins proposes to Charlotte and she accepts based off of an assurance of a stable, promising future with him. She does not love him, but knows that she needs to marry soon because she doesn't have any wealth on her own. After the proposal, it is said that "Miss Lucas, who accepted him solely from the pure and disinterested desire of an establishment" didn't care as to when the marriage was, because she wasn't in love, she just wanted the wealth and a prospective future. Later in the day, Lizzy finds out about the proposal and is extremely surprised and doesn't want to believe what has happened.
Charlotte tries to reassure her by telling her she is "not romantic, you know, I never was.