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|Oh, I'm sure JA was partly joking...
Written by Line
(9/19/2005 7:31 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Perhaps...., penned by helena6
...but I quoted from Fraser's book because it sounds like the same *general* attitude still prevailed in early 19th-century England as it had two hundred years earlier. (Think of Mrs. Dashwood in S&S.) Don't worry - Fraser also discusses quite independent, unsubmissive widows who were happy to control their own fortunes and destinies at last. She describes one who had "'broke loose from an old miserable husband' with the avowed intention of spending all his money before she died"! (p.97) I think most who enjoyed their independence would have at least pretended that it was devotion to the dear departed that kept them single, though. As you point out, it certainly sounds as if Lady Russell leads a very pleasant, comfortable life which she manages very well!
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