No choice in the affair

What’s to happen now to Miss Morton since Edward is engaged to someone else?

“We think now,” said Mr. Dashwood, after a short pause, “of Robert’s marrying Miss Morton.”

If you’ve read Jane Austin’s Sense and Sensibility, published in 1811, you know that Robert is Edward’s brother.

“The lady, I supposed, has no choice in the affair,” Elinor says to Mr. Dashwood.

“Choice! How do you mean?” he responds.

Of course, the lady had no choice—or, not much choice, in Jane Austin’s time in England when eligible women were supposed to be beautiful and eligible men were supposed to have generous incomes.

Thank goodness we have more choices today!

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