When Charlotte Lucas married Mr. Collins in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, she believed herself to be fortunate indeed. Her nuptials gained her a comfortable home and financial security. If she acquired these things at the expense of true love, it did not matter one whit. To Charlotte, love in marriage was nothing more than a pleasant coincidence.
As the years of her marriage dragged by, Charlotte began to question her idea of love as she suffered continual embarrassment at her husband's simpering and fawning manners. When Mr. Collins dies, finally relieving everyone of his tedious conversation, Charlotte must work feverishly to secure her income and home. She gives no further thought to the prospect of love until her flighty sister Maria begs her to act as her chaperone in place of their ailing parents. Hoping to prevent Maria from also entering an unhappy union, Charlotte agrees, and they are quickly thrust into a world of country dances, dinner parties, and marriageable gentlemen.
But when an unprincipled gentleman compromises Charlotte's reputation, her romantic thoughts disappear at the prospect of losing her independence. As she struggles to extricate herself from her slander, her situation reveals both the nature of each gentleman and of true love.
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Charming But Different Narrator, Please
ENJOY ! Well thought out book
It is written in very similar style as Jane Austen
The surprises about the society of the time in ways I'd never considered
Charlotte, ran the full gambit given her limited choices due to the rules of the day
Shock at a situation I'd never considered happening in "polite" society, but must have occurred.
No one will ever write or create like Jane Austen, so take the novel for what it is and enjoy it. Perhaps Ms Austen would have gone on to write such books as this, or maybe she was done with Pride & Prejudice altogether, we will never know. This is a plausible history of what may have happened to Charlotte and good read.