The Bennets are expecting a visitor - Mr Bennet's clergyman cousin, who will inherit the estate in the absence of any direct male heirs. Mr Collins is coming to Longbourn with the intention of healing the rift between his branch of the family and the Bennets. Though Mrs Bennet cannot help thinking he has come to check over the place, he arrives with the best of intentions.
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The tune to which God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is sung at the Phillips' party wasn't published until 1833, 20 years after Pride and Prejudice and perhaps thirty after the intended setting of the novel. See more
[discussing Mr. Collins
Perhaps I should invite him to dine with us this evening.
Aye, do, do. Take him away and feed him, for he's been in high dudgeon all morning.
Ombra mai fù
Composed by George Frideric Handel See more