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Charlotte herself was tolerably composed. She had gained her point, and had time to consider of it. Her reflections were in general satisfactory. Mr. Collins, to be sure, was neither sensible nor agreeable; his society was irksome, and his attachment to her must be imaginary. But still he would be her husband. Without thinking highly either of men or matrimony, marriage had always been her object; it was the only provision for well-educated young women of small fortune, and however uncertain of giving happiness, must be their pleasantest preservative from want. This preservative she had now obtained; and at the age of twenty-seven, without having ever been handsome, she felt all the good luck of it. (22.3)
Well, there you have it. Charlotte is 27 years old and not particularly attractive. In Austen's time, Charlotte is basically on her way to a life of spinsterhood. She can either marry silly Mr. Collins, or live with her parents for the rest of her life. What would you choose?
"I see what you are feeling," replied Charlotte. "You must be surprised, very much surprised--so lately as Mr. Collins was wishing to marry you. But when you have had time to think it over, I hope you will be satisfied with what I have done. I am not romantic, you know; I never was. I ask only a comfortable home; and considering Mr. Collins's character, connection, 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." (22.17)
Charlotte believes that a good marriage can lack love or respect. She would have married anyone who had the same resume as Mr. Collins.
He concluded with representing to her the strength of that attachment which, in spite of all his endeavours, he had found impossible to conquer; and with expressing his hope that it would now be rewarded by her acceptance of his hand. As he said this, she could easily see that he had no doubt of a favourable answer. He spoke of apprehension and anxiety, but his countenance expressed real security. (34.6)
Darcy is absolutely secure in his marriage proposal, despite having danced with Elizabeth ONCE and studiously ignoring her every chance he gets. Why? Why is he so secure? Well, money, Pemberley, his aristocratic relatives…