We first hear of Mr Collins, one of Mr Bennet’s distant cousins, in a letteraddressed to the family living in the house which after Mr Bennet’s death willbecome his own. In this letter he sounds very pompous, irrelevantlyreiterating and repeating the name of his patron, Lady Catherine de Bourgh.Mr Collins is honest that he has an ulterior motive for wanting to stay atLongbourn: he wishes to take the hand of one of the Bennet sisters in amarriage which would ensure that at least one daughter of Mr Bennet wouldremain comfortable, living at Longbourn as ‘Mrs Collins’. He does not ask tostay at Longbourn, he expects his stay to be welcomed, and even desired, bythe Bennet family. “I remain, dear sir, with respectful compliments to yourlady and daughter”: this quote shows how ingratiating Mr Collins is: a side ofhis character which the reader sees more readily during the rest of the novel.Having previously thought Mr Collins was an “odious man”, Mrs Bennet isquick to change her mind after Mr Collins made compliments towards herdaughter (and herself) in the letter.
Upon arrival at Longbourn Mr Collins assures that “the young ladies I comeprepared to admire”. The word ‘prepared’ in this quote gives the implicationthat Mr Collins does nothing in a rash manner and has everything planned inwhat appears to be quite a sly way. Once inside the house Mr Collins beginsto commend each and every item of furniture within it. Mrs Bennet would onany other occasion have been delighted at this, but she knows that when MrCollins entails the estate all that he admires will be his own. Mr Collinsbelieves that by ingratiating Mrs Bennet about her house he will please her,but this begins to vex her a fair deal. “The girls were not the only objects ofMr Collins desire”, here we can see that Mr Collins views the girls as nothingmore than materialistic, as objects.
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By the evening, Mr Collins is getting somewhat tiresome as he “eloquentlypraises” his patron, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, with great vivacity andunstoppable determination. “Lady Catherine was reckoned proud by manypeople”; Mr Collins cannot see that Lady Catherine is proud because he isproud himself and rates Lady Catherine very highly: perhaps high enough towarrant a little, or is Lady Catherine’s case a lot, of pride. Mr Collins is alsovery much in awe of Lady Catherine – another reason why he does not see heras other do. Mr Collins informs Mrs Bennet that he lives near Lady Catherineis his “humble abode”. He is trying to make himself sound more lowly thanhe really is. He uses the phrase “humble abode” to demean himself andelevate Lady Catherine. “I am happy on every occasion to offer those delicatelittle compliments which are always acceptable to ladies”, it is obvious by thisthat Mr Collins is ingratiating with every woman he meets. Hiscomplimentary manner is usually planned, but he gives it “as unstudied an airas possible”. Mr Bennet is quite amused by Mr Collins and realises that he is“as absurd as he had hoped”. When Mr Collins begins to read from a bookaloud, he takes down the most intellectual looking and begins reading with avery dull tone which proves boring for everybody, especially Lydia, whointerrupts loudly and raucously.
The opening sentence of chapter fifteen is very ironic: “Mr Collins was not asensible man”. It is also stated that chance (rather than ability) got him LadyCatherine as his patron. As a clergyman, his right as a rector has made him “amixture of pride, obsequiousness, self importance and humility”. Mr Collinsis also rather vulgar, lacking subtlety and obvious care. Mr Collins mainreason of staying at Longbourn was to take one of the Bennet sisters’ handsin marriage. He felt that he could have whichever daughter he chose, whethershe wanted him or not. It is obvious that it does not take very much to changeMr Collins’ mind. As soon as Mrs Bennet informs him that Jane is no longeravailable, he instantly diverts his attentions to Elizabeth.
... through the main characters, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet. Mr. Darcy, one of the main characters, is the ... Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth's best friend, who accepts. Elizabeth then leaves home to stay with, the Collins' who live near Lady Catherine de Bourgh, ... couple and their five daughters. The novel begins with Mrs. Bennet, telling her daughters of the importance of marrying well. ...
Mr Bennet encourages Mr Collins to attend Meryton with the other Bennetgirls. This is because Mr Bennet is tired by Mr Collins who he found amusingfor a time before growing exceedingly bored of him. When Mr Collins andthe girls arrive at Mrs Philips’ house, Mr Collins begins to ingratiate MrsPhilips as he did Mrs Bennet. Upon his return to Longbourn Mr Collins“gratified Mrs Bennet by admiring the manners and politeness of MrsPhilips”. “He had never met with so much attention in the whole course of hislife”, this statement implies that Mr Collins is perhaps rather lonely and verymuch an attention seeker. He talks about Lady Catherine every time he feelsthat nobody is paying very much attention to him.
Mr Collins vexes Elizabeth at the ball by telling her that he will be dancingfirst with her; he doesn’t understand that Elizabeth wants to dance withWickham. Mr Collins thinks that he is too irresistible to miss out on. WhenElizabeth first senses that Mr Collins intentions with her are more thanfriendship, she instantly realises that there is nothing the world which wouldmake her want to marry him. It is now obvious that Elizabeth holds anextreme dislike for Mr Collins. At the ball Mr Collins suggests to Elizabeththat he would like to make himself known to Mr Darcy, a nephew of LadyCatherine. Elizabeth tries to advise him against it, but Mr Darcy claims: “Iconsider myself more fitted by education and habitual study to decide on whatis right than a young lady like yourself”. This comment would make Elizabethwant to see the stubborn and arrogant Mr Collins make a fool of himself.
When Mr Collins proposes to Elizabeth he does not sound nervous and hisproposal is well rehearsed. If Mr Collins truly cared about Elizabeth and ifMr Collins truly loved Elizabeth he would be a lot more nervous than heactually is. Mr Collins’ proposal is almost clinical in its style and tone. Hispomposity and arrogance show through when he expects Elizabeth to accepthim. Mr Collins, after realising that Elizabeth does not want him, informs herof the fact that no other man would want her because of her poor status andsocial standing.