Sensible is hard to define
Posted by Laraine on June 01, 1998 at 17:29:32:
In response to Happy marriages, written by Helen on May 29, 1998 at 10:47:39
I think it depends on how you define "sensible"--if sensible means the principals are in love with each other and are willing to work at the relationship, then I think that the sympathetic characters in Austen do make sensible matches.
But, unlike you, I think Jane and Frank have a solid crack at it. I beleive they love each other very much, and I think he will learn to deserve her. I guess I just have more faith in this one because it's really based on love on both sides. He's certainly willing to admit that he's been an ass, and that's a good first step towards leaving it behind, as long as he's married to someone who can help him make better decisions.
I guess I also believe that there are sympathetic characters who don't make sensible matches--Mr. Bennet (he doesn't work at the relationship, and it's debatable whether he ever really loved his wife); Lady Elliot always seemed this way to me, marrying for impulsive reasons, but we don't really know her; Charlotte is generally sympathetic, but hers is so very much not a love match that I can't call it sensible, even though I think she would (that is, her definition of sensible would differ from mine).
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