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|What's the hurry about governessing?
Written by Louise H
(2/10/2011 11:55 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The reserved Jane Fairfax (Chapter 20) -- long, penned by Anne-Marie
It seems to me the obvious prospect for Jane is marriage. She's lovely and accomplished, though poor, and has been out in fashionable and prosperous company. And she's hardly old yet. Why not leave her on the husband market, so to speak, for a while longer?
Going out as a governess will surely hurt her prospects of marriage dramatically -- it seems like an abandonment of the hope of marriage. I don't know of any reason why one has to start being a governess young. Surely she could embark on that career at age, say, 28?
Such leisure in pursuing governessing might not be as helpful from a plot perspective, of course.
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