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Written by Stacey GC
(4/12/2013 5:47 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Happiness in marriage…, penned by Srirup
Charlotte exemplifies a practical, unromantic approach to marriage, and even Elizabeth admits it is a good plan if her goal were to "catch a rich husband or any husband at all."
In Chapter 6, Mr. Darcy makes a point about women and their perhaps overly romantic views on marriage that arise from first impressions or quick reactions.
When Darcy confides to Miss Bingley his admiration for Elizabeth's "fine eyes" Miss Bingley's response is to "wish him joy." And then Darcy delivers one of my favorite zinger's from Jane Austen about the female view of love and marriage...
"A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment."
His assessment seems especially apt as it is exactly what Charlotte proposes to catch a man and what Mrs. Bennet expects from the first moment she learns "a single man...of large fortune" has entered their neighborhood in the very first chapter.
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