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|Anne marrying without love.
Written by Rachel G
(10/24/2008 3:36 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The moral high ground, penned by Line
I also agree that JA felt that marriage without love to be morally wrong, and that the question is explicitly presented this way in MP. However, I'm not convinced that the question of a loveless marriage is explored in terms of a moral choice in Persuasion. Anne certainly has doubts about Mr Elliot's morality (Ch17: "How could it be ascertained that his mind was truly cleansed?"), and if asked she would probably say that a loveless marriage would not be a moral choice. But what I get from the text concerning Anne's main objection to Mr Elliot is the feeling that she could not depend on his sincerity. To put it simply, she does not trust him.
Perhaps I am splitting hairs here. I just think that on the subject of loveless marriage the emphasis is different in Persuasion than it is in MP.
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