do you think Mr Bennett and Wickham have found
themselves in a similar situation to the women?
And while I grant you Elizabeth does have the good
works of Darcy to justify her changed response to him I wonder how much she is "
lucky or the right sort" and how much is more active than that.
Austen represents her as a robust intellect with a
strong sense of propriety but Elizabeth quite astutely notes that to be mistress
of Pemberley would be quite a thing at a point when Darcy is still morally
repugnant to her.
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But Charlotte did marry, even if she married a fool. The "universal" fact
is really conditioned by the female need--in that society
--to find a husband or be doomed to various forms of misery: maiden aunt,
governess, fallen woman. I think it is really an ironic remark about the
assumptions of all marriageable young women that any available bachelor with
enough to provide has to be made to do his duty and support a wife. So
the sad lot is what is available, and Elizabeth is one of those women who
either get lucky or are the right sort. Charlotte is quite happy to evade as
much of her husband as she can because she has a proper place and role in
society, and she makes the very best of it, given that she is neither
beautiful nor rich nor socially clever in Elizabeth's way, and so cannot
expect a romantic choice. It is a strangely sad and yet understandable and
even rational choice. And "rational" is what Austen goes for even when her
lucky heroines can have both.
>>> Peter Dillane <[log in to unmask]
08/13/13 8:39 PM >>>
Thanks for the interesting reflection Carrol
which I enjoyed. They are a sad
lot the men in this book. I wonder why
more of the women don't take up
Charlotte Lucas' observation that she
bears the solitude quite well
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prose poetry--new topic
Darcy admits that he can only, really,
_be_ Darcy as the husband of
be himself, he had to be
completed: he was indeed in want of a wife, a