In 1767, Fordyce's Sermons was published. Directed towards woman, this particular sermon painted a picture in black and white how women must act. If they were to abide by these rules, they would be socially accepted which was of the utmost importance during this time. Jane Austen includes this reference for several different reasons. Mr. Collins choice in reading this book to the girls illustrates why they are not fond of this man. Austen also included a reference to this sermon to build upon the theme of social class and how woman, the minority, should act during this time.
"Fordyces Sermons; Mr Collins Favorite Book - My Pride and Prejudice." - My Pride and Prejudice. Web. 25 Mar. 2010.