Posted by Laraine on July 17, 1997 at 14:06:23:
In reply to Captain Weston--not a suitable marriage prospect? posted by Sylvia on July 17, 1997 at 13:19:28
] Was Captain Weston frowned upon as a husband for Miss Churchill because of his being in the militia? And were "redcoats" fair game for flirtation but not marriage? The militia seems like a respectable occupation but Captain Weston was deemed an unsuitable connection by the Churchills. Granted he didn't have a fortune like the Churchills but he did have a "small independence" and likely prospects for the future.
Maybe the narrator's point is that the marriage doesn't work out because the two aren't matched in temper.
Miss Churhill marries Mr. Weston as much to have her own way as anything else, and she really is too spoiled and proud to live on his much more modest income or be happy with her choices. Even her husband's being ready to worship her was not enough.
Mr. Weston is too "easy going" to help bring about a change in his first wife's nature, so the whole thing is "was an unsuitable connexion, and did not produce much happiness."