Matrimony

Mr. Knightley and Miss Woodhouse share an intimate moment in Jane Austens Emma.

Mr. Knightley and Miss Woodhouse share an intimate moment.

In Jane Austen’s “Emma,” Mr. Knightley informs the novel’s protagonist: Men of sense…do not want silly wives.

Similarly, women seek not inconsequential spouses. Should a woman ask herself, “Am I better off with my husband than I would be alone,” the answer should be emphatically affirmative.

The wife of a proper gentleman is envied, rather than pitied.

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