Posted by MB on December 05, 1997 at 11:54:12:
In response to *Really* good point, Helen!, written by MB on December 05, 1997 at 11:50:11
] (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 Colonel'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....
However, in the Colonel's defense, I do see him holding out for love plus fortune, contrary to Charlotte. And he is certainly in a much better position to get it, too.
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