Love and Marrage
Posted by Bob S. on December 05, 1997 at 14:27:11:
In response to And Brutus knows I am no orator, written by Helen on December 05, 1997 at 13:02:06
] Fascinating ones! Because I like to think that she would have said to herself, "No, I don't love him, so it would not be fair to marry him". But she would have faced a lot more pressure from Mr. Bennet to take him - remember, he is concerned that she respect rather than love her husband.
I agree with this, assuming that their relationship continued past the time they spent together at Rosings. If Colonel F had proposed while they were at Rosings, there is probably little chance that anyone else would have known about it (any more than they knew about Darcy's proposal).
And she would not even have Fanny Price's inner certainty that he was not truly moral. I think that every conceivable external and internal social pressure would have pressured her into accepting, but she would have refused, or at least told him to wait some time before she knew that she could accept.
I agree (with the minor exception noted above - and pending a reread of the book as noted in my earlier post).
Bob S. (who knows just enough Shakespear to be dangerous and so will not continue the subject line motif)
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