Jane Austen's best-loved novel, Pride & Prejudice continues...
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When Charlotte Lucas married Mr Collins, she did not love him but had at least secured her future. However, what price must she pay for that future? She once said she was not romantic, but how true is that now after almost one year of marriage? Mr Collins is submissive in the extreme to his patroness, and his constant simpering, fawning and deference to the overbearing and manipulative Lady Catherine de Bourgh is sure to try the patience of a saint, or at least of Charlotte. As Charlotte becomes part of Hunsford society, she discovers she is not the only one who has been forced to submit to the controlling and often hurtful hand of Lady Catherine. She feels trapped and realises her need for love and affection. She is not as content as she once thought she would be. The easiest thing to do would be to maintain the peace and do as she is told. But as Charlotte witnesses the misery around her due to her inimitable neighbour, she must decide to remain as she is or to begin a chain of events that will change not only her life but also the lives of those around her in the village of Hunsford forever. But...after all, doesn't every girl deserve a happy ending?
It shows a great deal of charity to think kindly on the odious Mr. Collins of Pride and Prejudice. Sure, we all feel for Charlotte Collins née Lucas, who, knowing that her marital prospects are not good, accepts his offer of marriage.
As Charlotte confessed to Elizabeth Bennet: "I ask only a comfortable home; and considering Mr. Collins's character, connection, and situation in life, I am convinced that my chance of happiness with him is as fair as most people can boast on entering the marriage state." (NOTE: There are potential spoilers below, but come on, did you think an Austen continuation would end unhappily?)
William Collins (who even thinks of him having a first name?) is certainly not a villain, but he is such an object of ridicule that we can only...
In Pride and Prejudice, Austen leaves writers with a surplus of avenues for variations and continuations. Debut author Karen Aminadra explores one of the roads less travelled in Charlotte: Pride and Prejudice Continues in which we discover what married life was really like for Mr. & Mrs. Collins.
Austen's odious and obsequious Mr. Collins is on full display, his self-importance often irritating me.About halfway through the book though, Mr. Collins slowly begins to change, noticing Charlotte's worth, and the fact that Lady Catherine might not always know best.
With proper encouragement fromher new friends, the Abbots and the Misses Thomas, Charlotte is able to stand her ground against not only her husbandbut also Lady Catherine. I welcomedCharlotte's newfound fortitude. However, this causes much tension in their marriage and is one of the major obstacles the couple needs to overcome in order to find true happiness, and possibly love. But will the demanding Lady...
I generally don't hold with Mr. Collins apologists. I love him as a deliciously smarmy character, a bumbling, toadying man with few personal charms. And I always agreed with Lizzy Bennet's shock at Charlotte Lucas' marriage to him. So, I was skeptical of Karen Aminadra's Charlotte: Pride and Prejudice Continues before I started.
But early on I got a clue as to how the author viewed Mr. Collins and, like the gradual love story in the book, I started to come around. Here's how Charlotte describes her husband:
His attentions were kindly meant; he simply had no real knowledge and no true discernment of the feelings of others to prevent him from either upsetting someone or insulting them.
In other words, Aminadra writes a Mr. Collins who means no malice. He is just so socially inept that he can't help treading on toes, which he does quite literally when he and Charlotte dance. This is just one of many traits that Charlotte finds irritable about her husband...
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