Posted by Luisa on July 18, 1997 at 06:58:50:
In reply to Re: While We're Hanging Out with Kind of Chickie...Washington Square posted by Cassia on July 17, 1997 at 17:42:05
] I think I wanted her to marry Morris, it is better to be valued for something than not to be valued at all. I read this for the first time soon after I read a bio of Disreali. Disreali married his wife for her money and never made any pretense about it. Yet, they had a good marriage and a real understanding of one another's characters. At the end of his life, he said he loved her best of all.
] I'm not saying that Morris would necessarily behaved inthe same way but it is a possilbility. At the end of Wahington Square no one has any possiblities at all.
I understand your point of view, even though I don`t agree with it. Catherine would never be happy knowing that he had married her for her money, thatīs obvious from her character (she`s a proud woman). And I think Morris might have made her totally unhappy. Better to be unhappy and independent, than unhappy and a prisoner. I see no charms in Morris whatsoever. Besides nonone can say that he wouldn`t spend all her money and then walk out on her. Where would Catherine be by then? In a much worse position: poor. And deep down Morris despises her very much as well. He shows no admiration for her fortitude or even true affection, all he can do is press her, the SOB (sorry!) and play with her emotions. Actually the story is of how Catherine is manipulated by the two men she loves.
No, I must agree with her father, even though I feel very sorry for her.
This reminds me of Portrait of a Lady where Isabel is married for her money by Gilbert Osmond. Itīs a violent and psychologically damaging marriage and everybody had tried to dissuade her. Osmond is a bit different from Morris, but not significantly so.
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