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|A quote in this vein (from MP)
Written by Elena
(4/2/2003 11:19 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Desperate Isabella, penned by Kate M.
] The Thorpes seem to be very low on the social scale--and a clergyman, while not always rich, generally was accorded great respect. Look at the Mr. Collins and Lady Catherine; the Grants and the Bertrams. Being a clergyman's wife may have given her the delights of paling around with the rich and famous. And at twenty-one, she was probably getting rather old and anxious to get married.
"Being now in her twenty-first year, Maria Bertram was beginning to think matrimony a duty" - and she was a baronet's daughter with adequate dowry.
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