William Collins, from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, is a man upon whom the face of undeserved fortune has smiled. Despite his notable shortcomings of mind and character, he has secured for himself a comfortable living as the rector of Hunsford parish, and a humane and sensible wife. He also looks forward to the day when he shall inherit a tidy estate in Hertfordshire. Until then, he basks in the rarified light of Lady Catherine de Bourgh's patronage, a place where he can sample, albeit vicariously, the wealth and consequence he secretly yearns for.
Perhaps Mr. Collins should be satisfied, yet he cannot help hungering for a slightly higher style of living than his pocket currently supports. After all, a simple country parson cannot afford to put a fine cut of meat on his table every day, but his esteemed patroness can. When, over the strenuous objections of his wife Charlotte, Mr. Collins induces Lady Catherine to send a joint of mutton to the parsonage, little does he suspect that tasty meal will be his last.
Mr. Collins's Last Supper: A Short Story Inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is the tongue-in-cheek tale of how a pompous clergyman discovers too late why gluttony is considered one of the seven deadly sins.
©2012 Shannon Winslow (P)2013 Shannon Winslow
I didn't enjoy this short story very much,but maybe I had too high an expectation. I have read other Jane Austen inspired novels which I have enjoyed more. Perhaps other people may enjoy this but personally I didn't find it very interesting.
In this story, Mr. Collins seemed to be Mrs. Bennet - her personality and even some of her phrases. Charlotte was closer to Elizabeth and seemed out of character.
I guess that people who want authenticity would appreciate the almost direct quotes and exact rehashed occurrences.
Other than the one obvious thing, nothing really happened here...
I feel like Mr. Collins was huge comic relief in Pride & Prejudice, but not in this story.
"Good Short Story"
Witty, humorous, short story
Good little short listen, I recommend it. The narration was smooth, the voices were well done.
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