Pride and Prejudice

in pride and prejudice, explain the differences in Mr. Collin's letter to Mr. Bennet after Lydia eloped to the letter he sent after she was married

this is from the book pride and prejudice examination from the american school

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I know the letter you are referring to but what do you mean by "differences"? Differences to what?

Addy S. I am also doing the American School. did you ever figure out the answer to this question?

The letters also serve to reveal character, as seen by Mr. Collins two letters, both addressed to Mr. Bennet. The first letter is a masterpiece of pompous condescension, pedantically worded, giving us a complacent, snobbish and conceited word picture of him. It announces his arrival at Longbourne. It anticipates the role he is to play in the plot. It also gives us a picture of the law of entailment, which stated that in the absence of male heirs, property would fall into the hands of the closest male relation, which happened to be Mr. Collins. His constant reference to Lady Catherine De Bourgh, shows his pomposity and his status earned by association with her. He is seen as a social climber. Thus, we already form a picture of Mr. Collins character before we are even formally introduced to him in the play. It is also significant to note Mr. Bennet?s response to the letter; he says that Mr. Collins ?seems to be a most conscientious and polite young man?. The second letter of Mr. Collins comes somewhat towards the end of the novel. This letter is an apology to Mr. Bennet for losing his daughter Lydia, who had eloped and got married. He states in his letter ?the death of your daughter would have been a blessing in comparison to this?. Although he is a man of religion, he still advices Mr. Bennet to ?close the doors? on her. He also retails the gossip that Elizabeth will shortly become engaged to Darcy, even before Elizabeth herself conveys this to her father. He comes across as condescending, moralistic and upright. Mr. Collins is important to the theme of ?pride? in the novel. His letters are a perfect example of his pride and condescension and he is wonderfully caricatured through all his letters. Jane Austen thus uses the letter as a plot device to further the plot as well.


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