In Pride and Predjuice life is not all fun and games. There are many
pressures in life: mothers with high expectations for a good marriage and a
girl's own expectation of what life and hopefully marriage will be like.
Charlotte Lucas is the oldest daughter in a large family, she is not the most
beautiful girl, and she is twenty-seven, well beyond the marrying age.
Charlotte is Elizabeth Bennett's best friend and Mr. Collins, the man Charlotte
finally marries, is Elizabeth's cousin. Charlotte Lucas will marry to solidify
her life, not because she loves, for many people are unkind about her ability to
marry well; thus after her marriage to Mr. Collins, she spends all of her time
Charlotte knows that even though she wants to marry more than anything
in the world, she does not expect love to come about; thus, she decides that it
is probably even better if you don't know a thing at all about the person you
are marrying. While Charlotte is speaking to Elizabeth about her sister, she
expressed her opinion as to Jane Bennet's relationship towards a gentleman. She
says it is probably better not to study a person because you would probably know
as much after twelve months as if she married him the next day. Charlotte even
goes as far as to say that "it is better to know as little as possible of the
defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life" (p.21). Charlotte
considered Mr. Collins "neither sensible nor agreeable" but since marriage had
always been her goal in life, "at the age of twenty-seven, with having never
been handsome, she felt all the good luck of it" (p.107). Charlotte is
speaking to Elizabeth on her marriage to Mr. Collins, "I am not romantic, you
know. I never was. I ask only a comfortable home; and considering Mr. Collins'
character, connections, and situation in life, I am convinced that my chance of
happiness with him is as fair as most people can boast on entering... [continues]
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