Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

9) What is revealed about the characters after Elizabeth rejects Mr. Collins’s proposal?

After Elizabeth rejects Mr. Collins’s proposal, readers discover different characters’ opinions about marriage. Readers learn that Elizabeth will not marry someone with whom she isn’t in love and that she considers Mr. Collins an imbecile. Readers learn that Mr. Collins is intent on finding a wife and that he does not care who she is, for he proposes the next day to Charlotte Lucas, who accepts. Mr. Bennet respects Elizabeth’s judgments and doesn’t want to see her marry unhappily. Mrs. Bennet thinks Elizabeth has made a terrible mistake because Mrs. Bennet cares most about seeing her five daughters married well.