Mr. Collins was not at all certain what his decision was in regards to choosing a bride. Before arriving a Longbourn, he had heard of the loveliness of the Bennet girls, and had assumed, as none of them were engaged, that he would have his pick of them. However, the truth of the matter was much more complicated. He had first been interested in Jane, but she was quite nearly spoken for. He had then turned his attention to Elizabeth, only to see that militia officer charm his way into her good graces. Ought he to concentrate on the younger girls? Lydia and Kitty did not have any impediments that he was aware of; in addition, they seemed as if they would be more receptive to the idea of an engagement. Perhaps it would make more sense for him to turn his attention to one of these young ladies.
Then he thought of Elizabeth’s loveliness, and he realized that he was not willing to abandon the idea of her as his wife simply because of an upstart soldier. He determined that he would fight for her affections, and make her understand that the two of them were meant to be wed. And what better opportunity than at the Netherfield Ball?
With this decision made, Mr. Collins began to plan how to best woo his cousin at the upcoming ball.