Written by Karen G
(9/29/2010 12:42 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Narrator or Maria?, penned by Barb JA
Indeed, I do think it is one of those "narrator-slips-into-character instances". :) Maria has warped the logic, somehow, to justify getting engaged to Mr. Rushworth. She confuses enjoyment with duty.
a. Marriage is a duty.
b. A larger income than her fatherís, as well as ensure her the house in town is an enjoyment that could go with marrying Mr. Rushworth.
c. It would be enjoyment to have the duty to marry Mr. Rushworth, and so I'll wrap up that enjoyment in the duty to marry him (since he asked after my aunt Norris saw this "duty" and pushed the match forward as well.)
I would also think Aunt Norris and Maria did also adhere to the universal truth "a man of good fortune must be in want of a wife." ;)