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In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries life for the upper-middle class and the aristocracy was simple and comfortable at least on the surface Strict manners and morals that often prevented them from asserting or protecting themselves bound these two classes of people Such lifestyles are illustrated quite honestly in Jane Austens novel Pride and Prejudice The characters in this novel have comfortable lives on the surface however internally they are victims of their social status The husband and wife duo of Collins and Charlotte Lucas-Collins are two prime examples of this mentality Collins who is a minister and bound by the social class of his benefactor Lady Catherine always puts on a faade that makes him seem much classier than normal when he is around others He constantly showed off his possessions Charlotte Collins wife was not so much his wife by choice but rather out of necessity Charlotte a twenty-seven year old single woman nearly doomed to remain a spinster for the rest of her life had to marry soon and the only man that made a proposal was Collins therefore she had to say yes Mrs Bennet the mother of Eliza always hurriedly rushes about to get her daughters married Her haste is understandable partly because the Bennet family has no male heir therefore any daughters left unmarried will be thrust into poverty upon their fathers death However most of her rushing seems nothing more than the nagging useless bickering of a gossiping old biddy Mr Bingley seems not to be a victim per se but the people around him and their superficial motives tend to cause him harm His sister Caroline causes many people to avoid Bingley because of her snobbishness Mr Darcy though good intentioned almost ruins Bingleys most promising marriage conquest by breaking Bingley and Jane Bennet up These characters though wealthy and well entertained became obvious victims of their social class and its code of ethics
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