As most of you know, I did my best to rid the world of the specter of Mr. Collins long ago. I documented his death in The Darcys of Pemberley and expanded on the story in Mr. Collins’s Last Supper. But guess what? He’s back – alive and well and carving out a good living for himself as a TV talk show host. I recently had the surreal experience of being interviewed by him for his show Meet the Author. He’s the one who’s in for a shock, though.
The interview begins here and continues on Barbara Tiller Cole’s blog Darcyholic Diversions. Leave a comment there to be entered to win a book!
William Collins, celebrated TV talk show host, speaks with today’s guest: author Shannon Winslow
Stage Director: And we’re live in five, four, three…..
(The applause sign lights, and Mr. Collins, sitting opposite his guest in a matching swivel arm chair, smiles benevolently as he waits for the ovation of the studio audience to die down)
Collins: Good morning, Ms. Winslow, and thank you for joining me here on Meet the Author.
Winslow: My pleasure, Mr. Collins. But I suppose I should call you Sir William and congratulate you on your recent elevation to the knighthood.
(Another smattering of applause)
Collins: I thank you, madam, but there is no need to stand on ceremony here. Although I have been so fortunate as to attain a measure of greatness – not without the assistance of a series of noble patrons, I might add – I do not forget my humble origins as a country parson… (continue reading here)
“You can hardly doubt the purport of my discourse, however your natural delicacy may lead you to dissemble; my attentions have been to marked to be mistaken.” (Mr. Collins to Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice, chapter 19)