Marrying for more practical considerations
Posted by Myretta on March 11, 1998 at 22:08:22:
Young Jane Austen seems to have been particularly affected by the story of her Aunt Philadelphia's mercenary marriage. The tale, as she retold it in Catharine, or the Bower apparently reveals a sort of horrible fascination with the subject. At once, she cannot let it go and repudiates it as a cruel fate. What, I wonder, was the impact of this story on Jane's life? Did it resonate with some feelings she already harbored about marriage or did it ignite the first spark of realization of the way of the world.
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