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|Austen believed in marrying one's equal.
Written by Connie
(4/19/2010 8:50 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Consider that..., penned by gianni
I think we are supposed to stand with Lizzy and her principles, even though I think she is harder on Charlotte than JA was. One of my reasons is that JA herself, after temporarily accepting the proposal of one of her friend's brothers, retracted her acceptance (the next morning). She herself became an "old maid." I think she could understand Charlotte's motives, and that's why Austen first agreed to the marriage proposed to herself, but, on reflection, she realized that she could not be happy with Harris Bigg-Wither. She risked her future on the chance that true love would some day work out for her. Unfortunately, that never happened.
JA wrote P&P many years before this incident, when she was still young and hopeful. If anything, she would probably have been more romantic at that time than she was later. Still, she shows a great deal of understanding for Charlotte. I have always felt Charlotte was a sort of tragic character. There was not really a good choice before her. But I could never have accepted Mr. Collins in her place. Nor could have JA. She was more understanding than Lizzy, but Lizzy's ideals of marrying for love were also Austen's.
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