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|An ideal that JA wanted to promote
Written by Line
(4/30/2010 9:20 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, 21 st century points of view, penned by Benedicte
*Of course* marrying for love was an ideal that JA wanted to promote! As you say, the reality was very different for many if not most of JA's contemporaries. This is why, IMO, Charlotte's situation is described so sympathetically. However, just because a practice is accepted as a given by most of the population doesn't mean it's right. Not to get too deep into a hot-button topic, but slavery was 100% legal and accepted as a necessary evil by most of the population during JA's lifetime. Does that mean it was right?
Also, when JA talked about love, for her, love was very much based on respect. She was *not* talking about infatuation or sexual passion (at least not sexual passion on its own!). I'd like to come back to this topic later in the GR, because there's evidence later in the novel for JA's own attitude.
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