Written by Mandy N
(10/6/2008 5:33 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Why would Sir Walter, penned by Shirley Rae
Actually I wondered if the 'one or two very private disappointments' referred to unsuccessful attempts at re-marriage by Sir Walter.
Possibly, after any attempt to re-marry, Sir Walter decided to keep himself single for his dear daughter Elizabeth's sake.
I don't think Sir Walter ruled out the idea of re-marrying when his wife died but Elizabeth hoped to marry the Heir-presumptive, William Walter whose rights SIr Walter supported.
I agree if Sir Walter could've found a sensible woman such as Lady Elliot who agreed to marry him; it may've been of benefit to all three of his daughters to have a proper mother figure.