Jane Austen tells us that Mr. Collins was originally a man of ‘great humility of manner,’ but suppose that wasn’t true. What if Mr. Collins was a very different person than he appeared to be? His false portrayal of himself is all part of Mr. Collins’ Deception, a Pride and Prejudice variation.
Mr. Collins’ Deception is a short story of about 16,000 words and is included in Pride & Prejudice Villains Revisited – Redeemed – Reimagined: A Collection of Six Short Stories first available in late December of 2015.
“This is a wonderful, short, P&P What If. In this case what if Mr. Collins was actually a clever man who was outsmarting Lady Catherine. In this P&P Alternate universe two of Mr. Collins’ friends have tried to be Lady Catherine’s parson only to lose the position due to lack of obeisance from either themselves or their wives. So a healthy, sane and normal man transforms into a bulbous, toady to woo a permanent position. 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.” – Ldub
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