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Written by Lia
(10/1/2005 10:11 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Why Charles is presented positively, penned by Kim in AK
But now over the last day or so, I've started to wonder, why did he marry Mary? (Apologies if this has been covered somewhere, I don't see it.)
He does not seem to be a man of deep passion, certainly wasn't heart-broken over Anne's refusal, but nevertheless it's a bit odd for him to have turned from one sister to the other, although we don't know the interval so I can't accuse him of pulling a Mr. Collins, turning from Elizabeth to Charlotte in a matter of days.
What, I wonder, did Charles see in Mary? He doesn't seem to be a social climber; I don't see the "Elliot connection" as being a huge factor. Was it that Charles just didn't get out all that much, and there were few women of appropriate class for him to choose from? Was it just time to get married, she was there, and would do as well as anyone?
Did he not notice her silliness previously? Was it not evident when they met in company (hard to believe)? He seems to tolerate her so well, perhaps her behavior didn't bother him.
And in circling back to Anne, even though Anne's virtues are obvious to us, I wonder what he saw in her. I don't see him as passionately in love, and I don't think any of us could see Anne with someone like Charles who did not passionately love her!
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