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Written by Annette J.
(8/14/2003 7:16 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: not these days, penned by Barbara
You are correct that Brandon was quite a catch even if Marianne was blind to his virtues. My great grandmother was over 20 years younger than my great grandfather -- she was 18 & he was 40, a recent widower with four children when they met and married. It was something that was considered entirely proper, especially as "she was pretty and he had money." Today, however, I agree that for a teenage girl to marry a man of 40, or date a 35 year old man, would be a cause for alarm in many families.
I still am inclined to think that JA was using Marianne's blindness to Brandon's virtues as a way of pointing us to the conclusion that Marianne is determined to go her own way, and to be as outside the mainstream of society as she possibly can be, and still remain respectable (although she comes pretty close to losing that as well).
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