How any self-respecting woman could place herself in the position of life long mate to Mr. Collins is a puzzle to Elizabeth, who cannot completely forgive Charlotte for compromising her principles. Charlotte's decision must have been common in Jane's day: To take the first man who comes along or face a life living as a second class citizen in someone else's house, always taking someone else's orders and never having the freedom to make one's own choices. Mr. Collins proposal, which Charlotte worked hard for, was her first opportunity to become mistress of her own house, have some standing in life, and raise a family. Charlotte knew that because of her age and lack of good looks, no other offers would come her way, and so her brain said yes, even though her heart was not involved.
Which actress in your opinion played Charlotte best? This is a tough choice, I know, for Charlotte is often not given much screen time.
Lucy Scott, 1995 P&P; Claudie Blakley, 2005 P&P, or Michelle Duncan, Lost in Austen