Proposals of Mr. Collins
Mr. Collins is absolute a pompous, arrogant, shallow, and ignorant man. All it shows from not only his behavior, but also his view of marriage.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. Thus, having now a good house and very sufficient income, Mr. Collins intended to marry. At first, he put the target on Jane, but when knowing that Jane was going to be engaged, he picked Elizabeth as the perfect candidate of his future wife. In Ch.19, is the proposal that Mr. Collins asked to Elizabeth. In this chapter, it reveals why Mr. Collins wanted to get married, why he chose Elizabeth to be his wife and how he felt so confident of this proposal.
"My reason for marrying are, first, that I think it a right thing for every clergyman in easy circumstances (like myself) to set the example of matrimony in his parish. Secondly, that I am convinced will add very greatly to my happiness; and thirdly – which perhaps I ought to have mentioned earlier, that it is the particular a advice and recommendation of the very noble lady whom I have the honour of calling patroness."( p. 73,74 )
From this paragraph we can find that his desire for marrying was not out of the sincere, honest love toward a lady (unlike Darcy), but based on that universally acknowledged truth. Besides, his purpose of marrying was to please Lady Catherine, so that he could maintain the close relationship with her. And that would be a great benefit to the promotion of his career and status. He chose Elizabeth just because he believed Lady Catherine would like her. He would marry a lady who would be accepted and appreciated by Lady Catherine, whether they know each other well or not. It was he that had to get along with his future wife in the rest of his life, not Lady Catherine; It was his marriage, not Lady Catherine’s, so how could he made this significant decision only based on Lady Catherine's preference but without his own opinion.
some other examples to prove what I said above:
"It does not appear to me that my hand is unworthy of your acceptance, or that the establishment I can offer would be any other than highly desirable. My situation in life, my connections with the family of de Bourgh, and my relationship to your own, are circumstances highly in my favour." (p.75,76 ) The paragraph above shows he had confidence that once he gave a lady his proposal, it was impossible for any girl to reject him. And that was why he considered it was the delicacy of the female character when Elizabeth rejected his proposal.
As a rector of a parish, Mr. Collins had a certain status in his society.
Though his social class was not so high , it is above the average at least.
Therefore, he should be polite and humility, in particular, he was a rector.
He had to be stricter with his conduct and manner. It is also the
same concept in his marriage: he needs to a gentlewoman who has qualifications
of being modesty, amiable, useful and active. In addition, burdening
the title of rector, Mr. Collins was conservative, and dared not to break
the routine --- marriage is a market, and the women are its merchandise.