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|What are his prospects for marrying well now?
Written by Louise H
(10/28/2005 1:03 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs Clay and Mr Elliot, penned by Cheryl
I assume some respectable women -- members of the "good society" Mr. E now values so much -- would not be willing to marry a man who has set up a mistress, especially so openly. But would it only be a small number of respectable women who were so scrupulous, or would it be most of them, at that time? Of course we know there was a double standard, but I understood there would be some (though milder) social consequences for the male participant in these relationships.
In other words, might Mr. E end up marrying Mrs. Clay because he won't be able to find anyone he likes so well in good society who would have him?
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