Austen, Jane. “Pride and Prejudice.”
Research Question: Who is deserving of the entails?
Thesis: In case Mr. Bennet dies, his family would have to go somewhere else because their house and their other property would be transferred under the name of Mr. Collins because the entails lead to him.
Summary: William Collins was coming to the house of the Bennets for a dinner. Mrs. Bennet has some doubts with Mr. Collins because of the issues regarding the ownership of the house. Mr. Collins and Mr. Bennet had never seen each other before. Mr. Collins, as the clergyman, would want to establish good will among the residents of the estate he will soon be inheriting. Mr. Bennet and the father of Mr. Collins were not in good terms when the latter was still alive. The relationship of the two families has been tainted ever since. He, however, was welcomed and accepted politely. When he got there, he expressed his admiration to the house, to the food served and to his cousins. Mrs. Bennet, however, was not too grateful for those admirations for she know that the man may soon be getting all those properties that fascinated him. Mr. Collins was welcomed and they have had conversation regarding Lady Catherine, the could-be-niece of Mrs. Bennet.
Key Quotations + Explanation:
“I do think it is the hardest thing in the world that your estate should be entailed away from your own children (chapt.13)” and “…it was a subject on which Mrs. Bennet was beyond the reach of reason (chapt.13).” The current owner of the house and its land is Mr. Bennet. This ownership couldn’t be passed to his daughters because the entail says that Mr. Collins is the rightful owner next to Mr. Bennet. Mrs. Bennet could never understand that.
“And what can he mean by apologizing for being next in the entail?” This was said by one of the daughters when Mr. Collins apologized for being next in the entail in a letter addressed to the Bennets. Mr. Collins is very much aware that he will be getting the ownership of the house. He is also aware that the Bennets are somehow uneasy with that thought.
“It is from my cousin, Mr. Collins, who, when I am dead, may turn you all out of this house as soon as he pleases.” These are words of Mr. Bennet. He knows that he will not be able to pass the ownership of the estate to his daughters. He also knows that the only chance his daughters could get the house after he dies is when Mr. Collins would grant it to them. The decision is on Mr. Collins.