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Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand it does not advance their felicity in the least They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life This is a quote from Charlotte Lucas one of the female characters in the novel and a quote which very well exemplify the general feelings against marriage for the period and the people in upper-class England Marriage is central for all characters in the novel not just daughters and sons but parents aunts uncles and everybody else who has some interest in the subject Though it is of course most in the interest of the daughter herself to get married the interests of the own family can be important for the choice of husband and wife It is not appropriate for the daughter to choose whoever she likes for her husband which she- if she wants a happy marriage- is not very likely to do Jane Austens novel Pride and Prejudice presents five married couples No two are alike In the novel we see different reasons for marriage between the different matches made in the novel Austen reveals many messages through her characters on her major theme being marriage Elizabeth and Darcy share common interests that help reflect their love and marriage During Elizabeths stay in Pemberly while Jane is ill Austen reveals to the readers that Elizabeth and Darcy share a common interest For example Miss Bingley states that Miss Eliza Bennett is a great reader p34 While in a conversation between Darcy and Miss Bingley it is stated What a delightful library you have at Pemberly p34 This illustrates to the readers that the two share the same
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