Pride and Prejudice is a social novel, as well, because it provides some—at times, subtle—social commentary on several issues. For example, Charlotte Lucas is an intelligent young woman, though—at age twenty seven—she is fast becoming a spinster in the eyes of society. She can either accept this fate, where she will be a financial drain on her family and pitied by society, or she can marry the ridiculous Mr. Collins, a man she knows cannot truly be in love with her. If she marries, she gains social respectability and avoids the pitiable fate of an "old maid." This is a lose-lose situation for Charlotte in some ways: she can choose to remain a spinster or she can choose to marry an idiot. There is so much pressure placed on women to marry, and this was the only way for a woman of Charlotte's status to really have a respectable identity, but this hardly seems just, does it? Mr. Collins can be a total idiot, and yet he has a career and position that gives value and legitimacy to his existence, but Charlotte does not and cannot. In critiquing the system of marriage in this way, Austen provides social commentary on this—and many other issues as well—making this a "social" novel.