William4u wrote:And Charlotte has a very bad set of options, and it is arguable she chose the lesser of the evils before her. Elizabeth realizes this eventually, but the book does end with Charlotte pregnant with Mr. Collin's baby (so Austen reminds us just how bad that marriage option really was).
Charlotte has a good home, her respected position in the community as the clergyman's wife, her gardens and chickens, and now her children to look forward to. Her very silly and obnoxious husband respects her judgment, accepts her guidance, and appreciates the value of a good wife. He treats her very well, which is not something a woman in Austen's time could take for granted. I don't find it hard to imagine Charlotte happy, as Elizabeth herself admits:
"Yes, indeed, his friends may well rejoice in his having met with one
of the very few sensible women who would have accepted him, or have made
him happy if they had. My friend has an excellent understanding--though
I am not certain that I consider her marrying Mr. Collins as the
wisest thing she ever did. She seems perfectly happy, however, and in a
prudential light it is certainly a very good match for her."