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Written by SusanH
(3/15/2011 8:44 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, What if Mrs. Churchill had recovered?, penned by Anne-Marie
I have long held that had Mrs. Elton (or anyone else) really wanted be a friend to Jane, they would have been more active trying to get Jane honorably married, rather than employed. A beautiful, accomplished, elegant young woman could be matched with a man who had means. Miss Taylor found a good match, as portionless as she was.
It strikes me as odd that the Highbury men (at least Frank and Mr.Knightly) valued Jane more than the women. I fancy that part of Jane's reserve was that she was not unaccustomed to being admired and she did not want to have to deflect suitors.
The sudden death of Mrs. Churchill has always been a bit jarring to me; feels like a forced plot device. It lets Frank off the hook as the thoughtless cad he is way too easy.
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