Written by Elaine G
(10/20/2003 8:48 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Yes, this grabbed my attention too!, penned by Line
From all my reading I suspect that the marriage age had a lot to do with finances. Most people in the class of "gentlemen" were not wealthy, and wouldn't be able to afford to marry at an early age. A prime example being JA's parents, who weren't particularly young when they married. Her father married as soon as he was able to financially, which I think was about 30. Her mother, from a well thought of but not wealthy family, was of a similar age.
Certainly those with money would be much sought after, and would marry much earlier.
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