Embarrassing Family (Pride and Prejudice Ch. 18)

Once again we are doing this question thing for blogging!

Of Wickham, Darcy, and Collins, which do you think is the best suitor for Elizabeth?

Just like the rest of the class, I completely and firmly believe that Darcy and Elizabeth belong together.  Darcy has money, seems like the person who would make sure that he lives a comfortable life (and therefore his spouse will as well), and is the only person who shows a genuine interest in Elizabeth.  Although it may not be one of romance, something about Elizabeth intrigues him and causes him to want to know more.  Something about this interesting girl.

tumblr_macsql0TGu1rtg760o8_250There is a fairytale ending we all hope to see for them, but I have a feeling they need to get into a big fight first.

Mr. Collins is one of Austen’s most famous comic characters.  He is made comic both through direct description and portrayal of his behavior. Identify examples of direct description and portrayal of behavior that contribute to the comic presentation of Collins’s character.

To begin, let’s read the description of Collins provided in chapter 15.

Mr. Collins was not a sensible man, and the deficiency of nature had been but little assisted by education or society; the greatest part of his life having been spent under the guidance of an illiterate and miserly fathers; and so he belongs one of universities, he had merely kept the necessary terms, without forming any useful acquaintance. This objection in which his father had brought him up at had given him originally great movie of matter, but it was now a good deal counteracted by the self conceit of the weak head, living in retirement, and the consequential feelings of early an unexpected prosperity. A fortunate chance had recommended to Lady Catherine de Bourgh when the living in Hunsford was vacant; and the respect which he felt for her high rank– and his veneration for her as his patroness mingling with a very good opinion of himself of his authority as a clergyman, and his races a rector, made him altogether a mixture of pride and obsequiousness, self-importance and humility.

(Were periods not invented yet?  This paragraph is basically a giant run on!)

So far, not so good.  Mr. Collin’s family history is sketchy at best.  He has a good for nothing father, and got his job by chance.  On top of all this, everyone is prepared to hate Collins as soon as he arrived, and is found to be unintelligent, not funny, and bad at reading.  Though for some reason, he and Mrs. Bennet have it set in their minds that he will be wed to one of the girls.  I find this absolutely hilarious.  If I had the ability to chose if he married one of the girls or not I would respond:


I feel like Collins is not plot related at all, but just put there to make everyone laugh at him.  Nothing he does is serious.  Nothing he says is serious (or at least I hope not), and combined with Mrs. Bennet, they make the most embarrassing family ever.

-Paulie 🙂


4 thoughts on “Embarrassing Family (Pride and Prejudice Ch. 18)

  1. Well, you see, Mrs. Bennet is determined to get all the girls married. Out of all the girls she has the most difficulty with Elizabeth. So she in a way wants to “get rid of” Elizabeth by marrying her off to the first willing person. In this case that would be Mr. Collins. Thats her logic. I agree though, it is kinda funny. 😀 Great Blog!

    • In almost all marriages at that time, it was more like a business deal than anything romantic. That is why it would be pretty shocking that someone as high up as Mr. Darcy would show a shred of interest to someone with no money at all like Elizabeth.

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