"he chose Fordyce's Sermons"
Protested that he never read novels
Public DomainProtested that he never read novels - Credit: Hugh Thomson

Fordyce's Sermons, or Sermons to Young Women, was written in 1766 by Dr James Fordyce, a Scottish clergyman. He prescribed how women, especially when young, should act, think, and present themselves.

Mr Collins' approval of this book reveals his conservative, misogynistic view of women.