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Written by Erica
(10/29/2011 11:41 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs Clay and Mr Elliot, penned by Cheryl
Also, even though the effects on the woman were worse than those on the man, I would think being known to have a mistress could hurt Mr. E's chances in the marriage market - although some parents/guardians may have been willing to overlook it for the sake of his wealth and future baronetcy, I'm sure there were those for whom it would be a deal-breaker.
As for Mrs. C's social status after a marriage to Mr. E, I can't help remembering what Mary Crawford said about a possible future marriage between her brother and Maria Rushworth - that although there were some circles in which she would never be received, there were others who would be willing to accept her with plenty of elegant dinner parties. At least in London - down at Kellynch, it might be a different story.
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