“I always think Charlotte Lucas must have been in love with Lizzy. How else could she stand living with Mr Collins? I get the sense that there was no real outlet for her passion at all, that she could never afford to indulge the dream of a great love.”

“Poor Charlotte. The most tragic figure in all of Austen.”

“I like to imagine that she fed Mr Collins rich food so he would die young and leave her a wealthy widow. And she could have a young companion.”

“Yes! She could live at Longbourn and take Mary Bennet for her lover…”

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