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|Consequences of an elopement
Written by Ramya
(5/3/2013 9:50 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Thoughtless Lydia -- I must agree w/ Elizabeth on this, penned by kathleen (elder)
Marriage settlements were made to legally protect the wife and children and provide for them after the death of the husband. By entering an elopement, absolutely no provision is made for the future. Of course, with the proverbial tuppence between them, I don't know whether it would have made any practical difference to Lydia's situation if they really had gotten married in Scotland.
Seeing that Lydia always wanted to marry early (Lord, how ashamed I should be of not being married before three-and-twenty! Ch. 39), I wonder if that was what convinced her to elope in a hurry rather than wait and get married in the presence of family and friends. And I wonder why they did not get married as planned after having left with such an intention? Hope we shall find out more... ;-)
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