Pride and Prejudice

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Paradox in Ch. 5


Mrs. Collins welcomed her friend with the liveliest pleasure, and Elizabeth was more and more satisfied with coming, when she found herself so affectionately received. She saw instantly that her cousin's manners were not altered by his marriage; his formal civility was just what it had been, and he detained her some minutes at the gate to hear and satisfy his enquiries after all her family. They were then, with no other delay than his pointing out the neatness of the entrance, taken into the house; and as soon as they were in the parlour, he welcomed them a second time with ostentatious formality to his humble abode, and punctually repeated all his wife's offers of refreshment.

The paradox "with ostentatious formality to his humble abode" serves to


Exemplify Mrs. Collins's "liveliest pleasure"


Convey how Elizabeth was "affectionately received"


Criticize "the garden sloping to the road" and "the house standing on it"


Emphasize Elizabeth's satisfaction "with coming"


Reveal Mr. Collins's "formal civility"