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In Chapter 13 of Jane Austins Pride and Prejudice Mr William Collins is introduced as a cousin of the Bennets and heir to their estate through a letter that he sends to Mr Bennet Mr Collins writes the Bennet family to notify them that he is coming to visit them the next Saturday Upon meeting the family he seems to be a piteous man often humbling himself and expressing praise of others while constantly referring to his patron Lady Catherine de Bourgh He believes her power and wealth give him value He is dependant upon her to feel secure and he gains self-esteem through her honorable and powerful reputation This dependence and his lack of self-respect attribute to others having little respect for him and thinking of him as a sycophantic character Though Mr Collins tries hard to fit-in in society his sycophantic behavior makes him stick out In the letter he writes the Bennets he over stresses his apology for neglecting to get in touch with them before he begs leave to apologize p 62 for his irresponsible behavior While at the Bennets estate Mr Collins often speaks of his patron Lady Catherine de Bourgh His flattery of her is even more incessant than in his letter He refers to her as the British courts brightest ornament p 66 and her daughter as the handsomest of her sex p 66 He then explains to Mr Bennet that he spends time suggesting and arranging such little compliments p67 making him even more of a sycophant Mr Collins does not understand that though such behavior may earn favor with ladies it is unusual and irritating for any intelligent and dignified person Mr Collins sycophantic behavior is just one of the signs of his dependency Dependent people can not think for themselves and have little self-esteem and respect for themselves Mr Collins obsessions with formality and conventionality prove that he does not think for himself The reason
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