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|I can't answer the second question.
Written by Julie P.
(9/23/2005 6:48 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Lady Russell Question -- a Question, penned by Annette J.
But I can answer the first. You and I seem to be about the same "vintage," and looking back, I absolutely understand why Lady Russell did what she did. Anne could not have gone out and got a job to support herself and any children, there were no social welfare programs, and, since her father did not like the marriage, I'm pretty certain he would not have taken her in if her husband either died or was wounded in action.
Lady Russell was 100% correct to be prudent. Life was hard back then, even for the rich, and she knew it. It's sad that such a lovely girl as Anne was unable to marry the man she loved at the age of 19, but who knows if Frederick's character would have changed the way it did if they'd married at such a young age? We have the benefits of 20/20 hindsight. Lady Russell did not.
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