*Really* good point, Helen!
Posted by MB on December 05, 1997 at 11:50:11:
In response to Brutus is an honourable man..., written by Helen on December 05, 1997 at 10:37:25
(all bolded interjections are mine; sorry - couldn't decide where to snip!)
] I think this is a fascinating discussion. So do I! Don't you think that the fact that Col. F. considers marrying for money in the way he does - as a primary consideration in his choice of bride - would stand in the way of Elizabeth giving him her complete respect?
Excellent observation! I agree. I think she understands why he does need an heiress, though. No matter how much in love they might be at the start of their marriage, I think that his style of living (as younger son of an Earl, I mean) would put a drain on the finances and ultimately cause friction, resentment, and unhappiness. On the Colone's part, I think he's being realistic as well. It may be very romantic to say that you will give up everything for the woman you love, but....
] She certainly doesn't despise men for finding themselves heiresses (see Wickham and Miss King, though I have always thought she protests a bit too much over that - so have I!) - but I think that her response to Charlotte's marriage shows that she does not think a suitable establishment the most worthy motive for marriage.
Right you are.
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