How does one even go about choosing a favourite side character?
For me a really good side character is one that’s got a well-developed or at least entertaining character and could have an interesting, thoroughly enjoyable chapter (or maybe even a book) written about some part of their life/ their entire life.
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner just sprung to mind when I typed that. What did people think of that?
So after sitting and scratching my head over this one for the best part of a day, I’ve finally managed to choose one side character I really wish we could have seen more of: Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice.
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking; ‘of some delights I believe, [Cat], a little goes a long way’. (Unless of course you’ve never seen the Ehle-Firth adaptation, in which case you have no clue as to what I’m banging on about).
But this is Jane Austen’s lightest, brightest, most sparkling comedy of errors and of manners! And this is one of her most amusing characters (surpassing even Mr. and Mrs. Elton, Harriet, Walter Elliot, Sir John Middleton and Mrs. Jennings). One of the ones that makes everyone cringe and wish would leave, only to then miss the squirmy feelings his obsequiousness induces.
Overall, Mr. Collins isn’t a well-rounded character: he’s created to serve as a foil for Mr. Darcy and basically exists to move the plot forward (how else would Lizzy have met Darcy after Bingley left Netherfield?) and does need other characters around him to balance out his foibles. Nonetheless, it’d be enjoyable to see a little more of him in much the same way it’s enjoyable to have an extra scene with the villain of a pantomime on stage.