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Written by Tracy W
(4/29/2007 5:26 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Charlotte' s decision, penned by Diane Stidham
In Regency England, women had very little legal rights during marriage, and divorce was virtually impossible. In that legal situation, a woman's happiness and perhaps even her life depended on her husband's character.
This is the context in which Elizabeth tells Charlotte that it is not sound. And I think she's right - even the most unromantic woman has pragmatic reasons to avoid marrying a gambler or a drunkard or a man with any vicious characteristics, particularly given the legal status of married women in Regency England.
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