Written by KerstinM
(10/20/2003 11:14 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Ages & marriage to a rogue, penned by Kristen G.
] This passage also made me think about Helen Huntington from Tenant of Wildfell Hall . Though people were shocked by Anne Bronte's story at the time of its publication, it seems that her story had a basis of truth, sadly enough.
That book immediatedly sprang into my mind when I read the lines about Elizabeth Shackelton's unhappy lot. Though JA's husbands are often far from ideal, she never brought on the subject of plain physical abuse as pictured in Anne Bronte's story or in the appalling accounts of Vickery.
] Certainly, marriage with Mr. Collins is not a happy prospect, but at least he won't be unkind or cruel to her.
I never have viewed it from that perspective before but Mr. Collins was indeed not such an unreasonable choice. I cannot imganine him goping berserk, he was much too self-aware of his status as a gentleman.
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