lydia and charlotte
Posted by Kate on November 20, 1997 at 21:14:09:
In response to Sexual vs. social reasons for marriage, written by Constanza on November 20, 1997 at 21:05:42
] Charlotte's reason for marrying Mr. Collins is a simply social one -ie a marriage of the brains- as compared with Lydia's pure sexual attraction to Wickham -ie a marriage of the bodies. Each girl's relationship with her corresponding husband is just the opposite of the other's. Lydia's marriage turns out for bad and Charlotte's for good.
] Do you think Jane Austen planned it on purpose?
] (I don't know if I made myself clear enough, but English is not my mother tongue :( )
Constanza, you're english is excellent, and you make your point very clearly...
I think some would dispute that Charlotte's marriage turns out for GOOD - maybe it's tolerable, and probably more tolerable than Lydia's. But I think you are right to say that Austen is very suspicious of relationships based purely on sexual attraction.
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