Pride and Prejudice

“An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. – Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.” - Mr. Bennet

Based on this quote, what are Mr. Bennet’s feelings about Elizabeth marrying Mr. Collins and why would he feel this way?

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Mr. Collins puts Elizabeth in between a rock and a hard place. Collins has some money and social stature. Mother thinks that he is perhaps Elizabeth's last hope for a "good" (meaning money and social stature) marriage. Father Bennet doesn't like Collins really is thinking more about his daughter. He doesn't want her to settle for somebody that she doesn't love and will not treat her well.

No rock and a hard place, Aslan.

Mr Bennet, years ahead of social thinking of the day, is a liberal and values his daughters' happiness above the rank they can achieve by marriage. Although appearantly dismissive of Mrs Bennet - it is obvious that he too married for love.

His statement gives Elizabeth permission to refuse the proposal because Mrs Bennet will of course see Elizabeth again and he knows it.