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Written by Maisy
(9/23/2005 8:53 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I have to agree with Julie, penned by Katharina
But what if, after 4-6 years, CW had failed to make his fortune? (Not inconceivable, given Rae's information regarding Graham Moore.) Or worse, if CW had been killed? (Not inconceivable, considering the hazards of a navy career -- especially in wartime.)
Then Anne would have been at a serious disadvantage in the marriage market (look what happened to Casssandra Austen, JA's sister).
Lady Russell could have suggested a prolonged engagement, but would that have been prudent when the gentlemen in question was in such an uncertain, hazardous career? I realize that LR would not have suggested a prolonged engagement, based on her disapproval alone of CW. But her disapproval of him personally does not make a prolonged engagement a prudent decision.
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