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Written by Cheryl
(9/20/2005 7:54 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I agree, penned by Margaret 7
It was exorbitantly expensive to get a divorce, and they had to be granted - literally - by an act of Parliament. So it happened very rarely, and then mainly by the aristocracy who could afford to do so.
It is almost impossible to imagine that Mrs Clay is a divorced woman, and I believe that JA didn't come right out and say that because her readers would have taken it for granted.
It is far more likely that Mrs Clay's marriage was called "unprosperous" because her husband didn't leave her enough money so that she could live independently after his death. Else why would she have come home to live with her parents?
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