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Written by Barbara
(8/13/2003 9:18 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I don't know...., penned by Ami
] As a 17 year old, I feel that it is sort-of my duty to say that it isn't all that typical for someone our age to consider a 35-year-old old.
These days it would certainly raise eyebrows for a 17-year-old and a 35-year-old to have any sort of romantic intentions towards each other. But back in those times, it was not uncommon for such an age discrepancy to exist in couples. Even Sir John and Lady Middleton have a big age difference--she's 26 and he's 40, so they would have been 19 and 33 when they married (assuming that with a six year old child, they've been married at least 7 years).
A wealthy respectable gentleman in his mid 30s and with his own estate was certainly considered to be very eligible husband material, even if Marianne can't see herself as the wife.
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