But there certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are pretty women to deserve them

Category: Love & Marriage | Type: Discussion | Title: Mansfield Park (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter I

A classic Austen sentence, an equation distilled to its essence. That there are more pretty women than rich men is aggravated by there being throughout the later 18th and 19th centuries more girls born and surviving than boys.

She describes this marriage in terms strictly of female beauty, male desire, class, and money. Absent is love or affection.

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