Mr. Collins' Deception: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : May 3, 2015
- File Size : 2393 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 52 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00X4UY8QA
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #246,307 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I’m sorry, I found this simply too cute. A variation is just that, it varies from canon and we have to understand that as we go into the story. I posed the question… ‘What would Lois Lane think when she learned she was married to a Superman?’ I’ll explain why.
In this story, Mr. Collins needed a job. He had applied for the living as rector at Hunsford under the patronage of Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Two of his friends had already applied for the position and had failed to secure it. He was meeting with them in order to get an insight into what he could expect. They gave him a copy of her contract and showed him her exit clause… a year probation.
Each man had been dismissed exactly six-weeks prior to the end of their probational period. They also told him the type of man Lady Catherine expected from her rector. He was also informed that nothing would be kept secret as she had spies constantly informing her of their actions… every action.
Mr. Collins needed a job and so he hid the man he was and, to his disgust, became the man Lady Catherine wanted as her rector. He only had to endure the one year probational period and he felt he could survive that. This so reminded me of Superman hiding in plain sight as the bumbling Clark Kent. Beneath the soft spoken, sycophant was a man of steel.
We had the POV of Mr. Collins and we spent a lot of time in his head. We saw why he acted the way he did and how he manipulated every situation away from who he really was and gave the appearance of the toady character that has been so prevalent throughout JAFF. I have noticed more and more variations where Collins has been depicted different than canon. I really liked this character and I continued to read it in order to reach that point where Collins would reveal himself to Charlotte. Oh, that was delicious.
We, in modern times, might think this is a bit ridiculous; however, how many of us have had to work under conditions that forced us to act or react according to what was expected of us? That is what training sessions are all about, teaching us to conform to what is required and to learn a company’s mode of operation… whether we agree with their principles or not.
On a personal note: I moved to a different state and when applying for a job… had to endure an interviewer who ranted and railed at the manner in which business was conducted in the state I had just moved from. I was horrified that this person was taking their view point out on me. I finally told them, “Look, you tell me how you want things done and that is what I’ll do.” I didn’t understand their extreme vitriol. In our line of business, procedures came and went and were in a constant state of flux. I considered myself a blank slate and was willing to learn their way of doing things. Needless to say, I didn’t get the job. I don’t think they would have hired me on a dare. I had come from “that state” and the interviewer was incensed at their method of operation. Whew!
In this book, we learn that Mr. Collins is not the man we know him to be, but is actually a man of height, strength, and sense! He's only pretending to be a sychophantic idiot in order to secure the valuable position of Hunsford rector, which two of his friends from seminary have lost before him. He never wanted Lizzy, thought he could be friends with Mr. Bennet, and valued Charlotte from the beginning (and oh, the moment he can really take care of her in the bedroom! it's clean, but implies there's much more heat than either ever felt before).
I actually rather liked this story. I give it 4.5 stars, not quite five because I think i would have liked to see more of Collins' relationships with the people he fooled, especially his Bennet relations and the Lucases.
One one be reading it again. I don't recommend,unless you want a story with little substance.
Told from his perspective this covers his first year at Rosings and includes most of the scenes with Mr. Collins you love to hate in Pride and Prejudice with a new twist.
Top reviews from other countries
Starting with the novel idea that Mr Collins is only acting the part of the bumbling sycophant, the author follows it through in an entertaining and logical manner. The book is well written and very absorbing and its only fault is the length - far too short :)