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Marriage in the Victorian In the Victorian marriage was seen mainly as bringing up ones status people didnt marry for love they married for money In this case Victorians kept marriage between family members to keep the wealth there Throughout many Victorian works this trend in seen often In Thomas Hardys novel Desperate Remedies in the beginning we learn that Cyntherea had to end her relationship with Ambrose Graye because she was going to be with her cousin who she had prior flirtation with but he had left and went to India and now he was to return 9 Another relationship between cousins in this novel is with Edward Springrove and Adelaide Hinton who have been engaged for quite sometime 122 Why in the Victorian is it okay for first cousins to marry If cousins could marry what other relatives were allowed to marry Were cousins marrying each other okay with the church Cousins marrying in the Victorian was not the first time the idea was raised In the 1650s The Quakers decided not to allow marriage between cousins A man named Thomas Hodgkin challenged this rule in 1840 arguing that the Bible did not forbid it and there were no medical reason to forbid it His appeal was rejected but marriage between first cousins was eventually permitted towards the end of the 19th century In the Victorian courtship was considered more of a career move than a romantic interlude for a young man as all of a womans property was reverted to him upon marriage Marriage was encouraged only in ones class To aspire higher one was considered to upstart To marry someone of lesser social standing was considered marrying beneath oneself Hoppe 2 Cousins marrying one another was a way to marry someone in the same social standing and to keep property in the family Numerous characters in Victorian fiction married their first cousins This practice was perfectly legal in the eyes
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