1. In your opinion, what factors contributed to Elizabeth Bennet being immediately drawn to Wickham, as opposed to Mr. Collins or Mr. Darcy?
2. After Elizabeth politely rejects Mr. Collin’s marriage proposal, he quickly convinces himself that this action is to be expected: “‘It is usual with young ladies to reject the addresses of the man whom they secretly mean to accept when he first applies for their favour; and that sometimes the refusal is repeated a second time or even a third time. I am therefore by no means discouraged by what you have just said and shall hope to lead you to the altar ere long” (CH 19). Why do you think Mr. Collins didn’t take Elizabeth’s polite rejection as a firm answer?
3. What do you think might have been Mr. Bennet’s motive for not encouraging Elizabeth to marry Mr. Collins?
4. Despite Mr. Collins unsuccessful effort to better the lives of the Bennet women by asking Elizabeth to marry him, his new marriage plans cause the issue of the entail to raise its ugly head again, especially for Mrs. Bennet: “I never can be thankful, Mr. Bennet, for anything about the entail. How any one could have the conscience to entail away an estate from one’s own daughters I cannot understand; and all for the sake of Mr. Collins too! – Why should he have it more than anybody else?” (CH 23).
Compare Mrs. Bennet’s reaction to that of Mr. Bennet and Mr. Collins. Why don’t they share her concern about the entail?