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Re: Special License

December 05, 2016 05:47PM
I thought this was not the case (showing off money) and that Mrs Bennet's pronouncement was just another line for comedic effect (or for showing that even with two more daughters to be married, her understanding did not improve.) I thought that Mrs Bennet's line of Elizabeth marrying with a special license would be understood back then as an absurdity (Mr Darcy is not a nobleman, no matter how impressed Mrs Bennet might be with her future son in law), as an unintended insult (their situation is above water and there is no reason to hide their nuptials), and as sheer ridiculousness adding to the comedic effect (they are planning to marry in her own parish, in church, so using a license specifically designed to avoid this makes no sense.) I thought that line was there just as a fond good-bye to Mrs Bennet. and that special licenses where indeed special, rare, and for dubious reasons. Showing off your wealth could be better achieved at the after-party!

Anyhow, I am personally happy to accept any interpretation the author wishes to convey without any regard to historical accuracy. The only point here that I should really make (rather than the above text) is that this interpretation was not immediately clear as my understanding of the special license dynamics (or Mrs Bennet's famous line) was far removed from what the author intended.

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EvelynJeanDecember 04, 2016 06:01AM

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