The business of her life was to get her daughters married

Category: Love & Marriage | Type: Historical | Title: Pride and Prejudice (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 1

Having five unmarried daughters and a husband possessed of little besides irony and the inadequate sum of ₤5000 total means hers is very much a "business." If she is over-active, we sympathize, for she must also compensate for a nearly inert husband. Austen will have much to say about marriage and money, means, too, that marriage itself for that class comprises a business. It was, after all, called a marriage market.

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