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Written by Mandy N
(1/29/2004 1:37 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Elizabeth's tender feelings for Colonel Fitzwilliam, penned by kathleen (elder)
I agree if Lizzy had to marry a man she didn't love but respected and felt affection for, Colonel Fitzwilliam would have been a good choice for her. Now I am aware how the eldest son inherited everything and younger sons received nothing and this enabled great estates to remain intact so they were not divided up smaller. But I'd like a different perspective. Now, Colonel Fitzwilliam makes it clear to Lizzy he cannot marry her as he has no money. Although merely second son of an Earl, couldn't he even ask for money to get married? Could he expect money or a small house fom his father's will or nothing? Or were such 'particulars' differently arranged in families? What an irony the Hon. Colonel Fitzwilliam is virtually penniless yet he was probably of higher social rank than Darcy who was so wealthy. I wonder if JA intended any social commentary here?
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