Mrs. Bennet was really in a most pitiable state. … The sight of Miss Lucas was odious to her. As her successor in that house, she regarded her with jealous abhorrence. Whenever Charlotte came to see them, she concluded her to be anticipating the hour of possession; and whenever she spoke in a low voice to Mr. Collins, was convinced that they were talking of the Longbourn estate, and resolving to turn herself and her daughters out of the house as soon as Mr. Bennet were dead. Pride and Prejudice, chapter 23
I could not leave Mrs. Bennet in such a state! I resolved at once to preserve her from the fate of seeing Charlotte Collins take her place as mistress of Longbourn. I simply wrote a different outcome, one where Mr. Collins does not live long enough to inherit. His untimely demise is the starting point for my first novel, The Darcys of Pemberley, and also the subject of a short story I recently wrote for the “Jane Austen Made Me Do It” Short Story Contest, currently underway. If selected as the winner, it will be published by Random House in an anthology by the same name. But don’t wait that long to find out what happens to Mr. Collins. Go now (the contest ends Feb. 28) to www.pemberley.com (the Republic of Pemberley), look for the short story contest, and find #16 – Mr. Collins’s Last Supper by Shannon Winslow. I would be honored if you take the time to read this little tongue-in-cheek tale, and more honored still if you choose to vote for it!
[Footnote: Mr. Collins’s Last Supper made it to the finals! See Short Stories page for updates.]