How does Mrs. Bennet respond to Elizabeth's decisions in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice?
In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, their are two decisions Elizabeth makes that Mrs. Bennet responds dramatically to. The first decision is Elizabeth's rejection of Mr. Collins's proposal; the second is her acceptance of Mr. Darcy's second proposal.
When Elizabeth rejects Mr. Collins, Mrs. Bennet becomes practically hysterical and does all she can to try to get her daughter to accept and try to prevent Mr. Collins from rescinding his proposal. She begs Mr. Collins to allow her to talk to Elizabeth, since Elizabeth can be a very "headstrong foolish girl," but Mr. Collins responds that a "headstrong foolish girl" couldn't make a clergyman happy (Ch. 21). She also begs Mr. Bennet to speak with both Elizabeth and Mr. Collins to repair the damage, but when Mr. Bennet does so, his...
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