Marriage as a provision
Posted by Stolzi on December 04, 1997 at 17:57:56:
In response to Charlotte's choice, written by Sandy H on December 04, 1997 at 13:24:18
] Jane Austen writes that she believed that marriage was "the only honourable provision for well-educated young women of small fortune." She obviously didn't care for Mr. Collins. She even told Lizzy. "I am not romantic, you know. I never was. I ask only a comfortable home."
This is particularly interesting when we think that JA teetered on the verge of making a "Charlotte" decision herself, when she accepted the estimable Rev. Harris Bigg-Wither, but fell back on the "Lizzy" side of the fence thereafter, when, after a sleepless night, she retracted her acceptance of him in the morning.
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