Elizabeth is the favorite of her father, who shares many of her views. Mr. Bennet, being the father of five daughters, is the only male in the Bennet household. He is “so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve, and caprice, that the experience of three and twenty years had been insufficient to make his wife understand his character” (Austen 7). His favorite pastime, apart from withdrawing to his study, is teasing his dear wife whose mind is not as refined as his. Mr. Bennet pays little mind to social influence and lacks the desire to follow its demands. Like Elizabeth, he is quick to recognize the flaws of others and enjoys coaxing predictable responses and reactions from them.
Mrs. Bennet keeps the family constantly up to date with the latest gossip and social gatherings. She is “a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper. When she [is] discontented she [fancies] herself nervous. The business of her life [is] to get her ...
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...ty” (69). His awkward manners do little to offer himself to others. Due to the Bennet family consisting of only daughters, Mr. Collins is next in line to inherit the Bennet estate; believing himself amiable by keeping it in the family, he comes to visit the Bennet family with the sole purpose of selecting a wife. When Elizabeth refuses his proposal, he then proposes to her dear friend, Charlotte Lucas.
Charlotte belongs to the Lucas family, neighbors of the Bennet family, consisting of several children with Charlotte being “the eldest of them a sensible, intelligent young woman, about twenty-seven” (19). At her age Charlotte is losing hope of finding a husband, and when Mr. Collins proposes to her, she accepts immediately. Elizabeth considers Charlotte’s engagement as a betrayal, not understanding why her friend would marry for such a reason as convenience.
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