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Posted by gkb on November 25, 1997 at 18:48:23:
In response to Perhaps thirty-five and seventeen....., written by Carl W. Goss on November 02, 1997 at 03:45:27
Oh, do you not imagine that Marianne's physical resemblance to Brandon's cousin Eliza--his first, deep love--might have something to do with the initial attraction? And is it not possible that the resemblance between Marianne and ELiza in character reinforced the feeling? In terms of our own society, many women marry men who are ten or more years older. My own grandfather was 46 when he married my grandmother who was 14. It was far from uncommon for older men to marry young women barely out of their teens. They did not have the money to marry earlier. Why do you suupose the marriage would be less lasting (n the absence of easy '90's no-fault divorce laws) than other marriages of that era? Are you imposing a modern sensibility upon a two-hundred year old sense of duty? :-)
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