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|And we know that she passed up her only chance at
Written by AnnetteJ
(4/25/2010 1:09 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, An unhappy alternative is before you (long), penned by Connie
marriage when she broke an engagement of a day to someone that she couldn't see herself with for the rest of her life. I am not sure if Mr Bigg-Wither was a Mr Collins, but he didn't suit Jane Austen for whatever reason, although he eventually married a woman with whom he had several children. I haven't read the Austen letters, so I do not know if she discussed this engagement or not, but I understand that it strained relations with the young man's family, with which Jane had a close association. I think Jane Austen in "Pride and Prejudice" had Elizabeth speak for her on this issue, even though I do not in the least blame Charlotte for going her own way and marrying Mr.C.
You know, this is not something that most women in first world countries face today -- we by and large do not have our marriages arranged for us, we can earn our own living, and marry for romantic love (with all THAT implies, as witness our divorce rate). Those on the board who married for love and ended up in the divorce court would have had a thing to tell both Elizabeth and Charlotte, as each has a point.
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