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Written by Adrian
(9/2/2013 11:07 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, And if Catherine had been of age, penned by Graciela
...considering the society's view of filial obligation; but had Henry married Catherine without his father's consent, Henry would likely have been banned from the family, cutting him off from Eleanor, a cruel loss for both Henry and Catherine.
JA ties all that up very nicely by having Eleanor make her desired marriage under circumstances of which the General approved; so Eleanor was now free of any need to shun Henry should her father demand it. At the same time, she used her good offices to convince her father to approve Henry and Catherine's match, thus allowing those two to marry without retaliation from the General.
As earlier posters have mentioned, Henry was not financially dependent on his father, but for Catherine to marry into a family fractured by the match would have put her in a terribly painful position; so the Morlands were only being sensible to make the General's consent a condition.
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