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|Nevertheless, Robin, an excellent post
Written by BarbaraB
(5/17/2007 11:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I am ok Tracy. I am sorry I misunderstood your intent. nfm :D, penned by Robbin
As Lisa said, I have also been mulling over and trying to get the time to come up with something along the lines of your post. I'm sure I couldn't have done so well. I am in total agreement. Charlotte and Mr. Collins, simply put, have a marriage of convenience. It suits both their purposes. While arranged marriages and marriages of convienience were beginning to go out of style, they were still very much in existence at this time. This system had its origins in class and economic preservation which is how marriages were viewed: economic arrangements. Parents did not choose men for their daughters based on whether they loved/or could love them or whether they would be good fathers; parents did not approve women for their sons based on whether they loved/could love them or whether they would be good mothers: it was all based on fortune---maintaining what you had, building on it if possible or recouping it if necessary.
As far as children were concerned, I am not saying that parents didn't love them but I read somewhere (sorry, can't remember the source) that it was actually considered a duty to have children: sons to inherit and maintain the land and daughters to have the sons to inherit and maintain the land. A whole system of etiquette, codes of conduct, and duties were developed around it to insure the continuance of the genry class and its life style. Fortunately for Lizzie and Jane, the system had loosened up enough where some parents had begun to allow their children to marry for other than financial considerations. Unfortunately, however, the original system of codes of behavior, etc. was still in existence so if you were a woman without fortune, love was yet a luxury which some could ill afford if they wanted a home and children of their own. Jane and Lizzie are young and can still hope that they will be able to marry for love though they are in essence penniless. Six years down the road, though, if none of them have married, they would no doubt have to rethink the situation especially since they don't even have brothers to depend upon to help them. Five daughters and a mother make for a lot of people fo whom to find relatives who are willing/able to take on the financial burden of keeping them possibly for the rest of thier lives. Anyway, you did a great job of laying out the way Charlotte came to the decision of doing what she felt she had to do. Thanks.
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