Posted by Kathy F. on June 27, 1997 at 16:04:49:
In reply to Regency Period, About Men and Morality posted by Rita on June 27, 1997 at 13:26:35
] I have come to a conclusion about the following Question, but has anyone factual info on the subject:
] Were the men are virtous as the women, was it considered proper for men married/otherwise to solicit the company of women(not genteel). Was it matter of discretion, as was in feudal societies.
] My question does not relate to the Wickham type but the Darcy/Brandon type, Wentworth was a sea person(he has other considerations).
My question is in the same vein: in S&S, Willoughby is disinherited because he refuses to marry the mother of his child, Ms. Williams. If she had been "an obliging bar-maid" (so to speak) rather than the charge/child of a gentleman (Col. Brandon), would his aunt have reacted the same way? The Miss Dashwoods both basically agree that Willoughby could not have married her, I think, but I'm not sure if it was because she was not a gentlewoman, but rather a "natural child" (illegitimate).
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