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Written by Tracy W
(10/27/2005 7:46 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I would call it a good time! Yes, we only read of a few, penned by Annette J.
In Regency England, a decision about marriage was a very grave one for a woman. She could almost certainly not get a divorce, she was legally the property of her husband, and could be beaten without legal recourse. And she lost control of her own money. I think a woman in the position of a mother had a lot of reason to worry and give advice - it is a shame that Lady Russell lacked the penetration of character that would make it good advice. But I cannot regard it as pathological at all, and I can understand Lady Russell's reasoning well enough, even if I do not agree with it.
And on the pathological topic, my Gran is continuely making far broader hints about how she would like great-grandchildren than Lady Russell did about how she would like Anne to marry Mr Elliot. I don't regard that as pathological, Gran has plenty of other things going on in her life. (I do feel a bit sorry for Gran, after doing her absolute best to raise strong-minded children and grandchildren she has discovered the downside - when she want us to get married and pregnant (and not necessarily in that order) we just laugh at her.) Nor would I, on your description, regard your friend as pathological. Unwise, but not pathological.
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