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Pride and Prejudice | Chapter 23 (Volume 1, Chapter 23) | Summary

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Mr. Lucas announces to the rest of the Bennet family his daughter's engagement to Mr. Collins. Mrs. Bennet becomes agitated. The thwarting of her wish to have Mr. Collins marry one of her daughters, combined with her annoyance that Charlotte Lucas was asked instead, lead her to fear that Charlotte will turn the Bennets out of their own home. Mrs. Bennet is also anxious about the absence of Mr. Bingley and what it means for Jane.

Analysis

In this chapter, we see Mrs. Bennet's fears and anxiety in full force. She blames Charlotte for disrupting her plan to have Mr. Collins marry one of her daughters. ("The sight of Miss Lucas was odious to her. As her successor in that house, she regarded her with jealous abhorrence.") And her fear that kindhearted Charlotte will personally turn the Bennets out of their home is evidence of her poor understanding and tendency to hysteria.

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