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Written by Nikki N
(4/21/2013 11:25 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, men, what can you say?, penned by mikeB in Japan
I would say it should be the opposite -- it's men who should not marry for money since they are supposed to be the provider and protector. Men could go to university and have a choice of several professions (the gentlemanly professions being the navy, the army, the law and the church), they might make fortunes and/or rise in their professions e.g. get prize money, become an Admiral, a General, a Judge or a Bishop if they succeed well in their respective professions. Men who were less bothered about gentility could go into some respectable trade and even become rich and join the gentry later in life. Women on the other hand, had no opportunity of higher education, and the only genteel profession for women was that of governess. Eliz's views on Charlotte and Wickham show she was not clear-sighted at all -- she should have blamed Wickham more than Charlotte. Marriage was often spoken of as a "career" for women, because of the very limited options for women in Regency society.
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