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Written by Bridget D
(4/29/2013 7:13 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, clerks, double standard, penned by Nikki N
I think that most regency upper class would not really think it was wrong to marry for money, but the official beleif was that it shoudl be for love or at least respect and liking or to please parents who had chosen a suitable partner for tehir child. But it was no worse or better, for a man or woman to marry for money. I dont thnk that most of them would think "its less excusable in a man because he has other ways of making a living whereas a genteel woman has only marriage or governessing or being a "poor relation" and compnaion to a more fortunate woman." And I think that JA being a strict moralist felt that marraige in both sexes should be for liking and respect at least, not for the "pure desire for an establishment". So Eliz is wrong to excuse Wickham, but not wrong to criticise Charlotte
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