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Written by Tracy W
(5/14/2007 4:29 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Is Charlotte trifling with Mr. Collins happiness?, penned by Robbin
I am not so sure if the sentiment you state was sanctioned by her society. In JA's novels often characters who are marrying for money pretend that they are doing so for love. However, even if it is sanctioned by society that doesn't make it any less selfish.
And Charlotte does know that there are other ways of thinking about the matter:
The least agreeable circumstance in the business was the surprise it must occasion to Elizabeth Bennet, whose friendship she valued beyond that of any other person. Elizabeth would wonder, and probably would blame her; and though her resolution was not to be shaken, her feelings must be hurt by such disapprobation.
The steady countenance which Miss Lucas had commanded in telling her story, gave way to a momentary confusion here on receiving so direct a reproach; though, as it was no more than she expected, she soon regained her composure (chpt 22).
Incidentally, I think that possible future children are also a relevant consideration in selecting a marriage partner.
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