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Written by nan duval
(4/24/2010 11:44 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Charlotte's brothers seem to be thinking, penned by kathleen (elder)
I also agree that it could be more agreeable to her to stay with her aging parents or to become a governess than to be married to "the idiot Collins" (Lost in Austen); I even wonder about the religious life; in Roman Catholic tradition women interested in education & "without thinking highly of men or matrimony" could enter a religious order. I know there are women's religious orders in the CofE now; did they exist then? And if they did, would Charlotte consider one a reasonable alternative?
"Marriage had always been her object; it was the only honourable provision for well-educated young women of small fortune, and however uncertain of giving happiness, must be their pleasantest preservative from want."
For Charlotte, marriage is not going to be a union of mind & body. It's going to be a job, with some unpleasant duties, but a reasonable number of perks & good security, & she'll do her job well.
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