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Written by Nikki N
(9/1/2013 11:16 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Children's dependence due to time period?, penned by Laura Beth
In the book, Henry was NOT dependent on his father for future financial security -- he already had the living, which his father had given and could not take away from him, and he was also secured of "a very considerable fortune" through his mother's marriage settlement -- re chap 31 --
The only reason he had to wait for his father's consent before marrying Catherine was because it was Catherine's parents who insisted upon it --
It was because of the norms of that time period. Cath's parents felt that the young couple should not marry while his father opposed the match, even though the Gen's consent was not legally nor financially necessary -- they still felt that it was morally necessary.
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