One day Elizabeth crossed Lady Catherine’s path
Nobody could ever imagine the aftermath
The two ladies had an unusual conversation
One that gave everybody great palpitations
Mr. Collins managed to be subservient and the same time so proud
Better than the Lady only (maybe) the Being above the clouds.
He knew how lucky he was with such benevolence
To be bestowed a parsonage to harbor his petulance
Now his cousin could damage his reputation
He knew he could be tainted by association
What to do? How could he explain Elizabeth didn’t matter?
By the end of the conversation his nerves were in tatters
Run and hide, at her sight, grown men will
But our Elizabeth was prepared for the drill
For she was not one of common intellect;
She was bold, fearless, polite but direct.
She faced the great dame with no fear, but due respect
Leaving the Lady to consider a different prospect;
Something she could not remember to have done
Many years since her late husband had gone.
Mr. Collins had his mouth frozen in mid air
His patroness disrespected in her own lair.
That surely could not to be borne
His cousin had to go back to Longbourn.
What a decided young woman! Such a strong sense of self,
Not ashamed to reveal her own mother’s failures herself.
She stated that all four sisters were out in society,
Apparently, her mother did not care for propriety.
The Lady asked the young lady to stay longer
Elizabeth did not even stop to ponder.
She said her father missed having her about
The Lady was left quite put out!