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|It is a truth universally acknowledged
Written by Robbin
(2/4/2010 6:44 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, JA's attitude towards love, penned by Line
No doubt (no doubt) unfair to poor widows but Lady Sondes new gentleman may have been the rightful property of someoneís daughter! (:D) If she had a marriageable daughter perhaps people might have felt it would have been the better part of valor to find a husband for her poor female child instead of herself. In Persuasion the narrator takes pains to explain Lady Russellís unmarried state needs no apology whatsoever:
That Lady Russell, of steady age and character, and extremely well provided for, should have no thought of a second marriage, needs no apology to the public, which is rather apt to be unreasonably discontented when a woman does marry again, than when she does not; (P, Ch. 1)
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