Posted by kathleen (elder) on July 17, 1997 at 20:17:12:
In reply to Re: Captain Weston--not a suitable marriage prospect? posted by Laraine on July 17, 1997 at 14:06:23
] ] . . . 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."
While I certainly agree with Laraine that these two were probably not suited tempermentally, I believe the Churchills were upset because Mr Weston's fortune was small. The Churchills were a "great Yorkshire family," and probably had hopes of a better (higher class, more money, or both) marriage for Miss Churchill. Otherwise, why mention that the Churchills were "full of pride and importance."