A clergyman more concerned with class and rank than perhaps any other character. He is the heir of Mr. Bennet’s property and uses this to constantly bedevil the family. His patroness, Lady Catherine De Bourgh, is someone he deities and brings up in any conversation he can, showing his tedious obsession with hierarchy.
“I have more than once observed to Lady Catherine that her charming daughter seemed born to be a duchess, and that the most elevated rank, instead of giving her consequence, would be adorned by her”
“It certainly is a most iniquitous affair,” said Mr. Bennet, “and nothing can clear Mr. Collins from the guilt of inheriting Longbourn.”
“I am not romantic, you know. I never was. I ask only a comfortable home; and considering Mr. Collins’s character, connections, and situation in life, I am convinced that my chance of happiness with him is as fair as most people can boast on entering the marriage state”