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Written by Nikki N
(4/22/2013 12:57 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, you are right in principle but amiss in practice, penned by mikeB in Japan
I also mean that men should not marry for money because they had opportunities of earning money by entering into professions -- I mentioned there were four gentlemanly professions (army, navy, law, church) as well as going into trade for men less bothered about gentility. Wickham was in the army.
Marriage was regarded as the respectable career for women. In Regency and Victorian times, the social system on the position of women and the education of girls was such that most of them "had been taught to presume that it was her destiny to be married. A young man generally regards it as his destiny to succeed or to fail in the world and he thinks about that ... The young man may become Lord Chancellor, or at any rate earn his bread comfortably as a county court judge. But the girl can look forward to little else than the chance of having a good man for her husband, -- a good man, or if her tastes lie in that direction, a rich man."(from Anthony Trollope, "The Prime Minister", chapter 5, first published 1875-6]. Or in Charlotte's case, with her rather modest ambition and plain looks, a man who though not exactly rich, had sufficient means to provide for her in reasonable comfort.
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