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|a few questions concerning "cousins in love"
Written by Lis M
(9/15/2010 2:03 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Why is Fanny JA's favorite?, penned by Melinda
Like Melinda I would also like to know more about Jane's preference for Fanny amongst her heroines. I have always - so far - found her to be the least likeable of them all, whiney and a walkover were my views on her so far. But a new reading already seems to make a difference to that, so thank you for hosting this grou, Caro, and to you all.
A question: In chapter 1 Sir Thomas has his qualms about letting Fanny come to stay " he thought of his own four children, of his two sons, of cousins in love" (p.4 in the Penguin popular classics ed.). Wasn't marrying cousins extremely wide-spread in Regency England? Is it only her low social status that Sir Thomas is afraid of or was there some awareness that marriage withing the family could cause i.e. medical problems? When did the costum stop, when was is forbidden by law and is it still legal in other countries today?
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