English III Honors
5 February 2015
Women during the Romantic Era often married for money; however, times had changed and they now had a choice. The Romantic Era had shown belief in children's innocence and wisdom; youth is golden age. Jane Austen talked to Fanny, her niece, as if she was still naive and wanted to make sure Fanny knew what she was getting into. In Jane Austen’s “On Making and Agreeable Marriage” she addresses her niece about her love based on the aspects of society at that time, such as loveless marriages.
Austen argued that her niece, Fanny, was still very young. Austen contradicted herself trying to decide if Fanny was serious about this. She said, “I am ready to laugh at the idea, and yet this is no laughing matter” (Austen 1). Although she knew Fanny was involved with someone she did not believe Fanny was in love (1). Austen believed Fanny might very well have been in love with this man; nevertheless, she was uncertain whether Fanny could truly be in love because she had never loved before. She stated, “He was the first young man who attached himself to you. That was the charm, and most powerful it is” (1). Throughout the whole letter Austen is questioning Fanny as to whether or not she was in love. She did not doubt it but did not believe it at the same time. Fanny had not had the chance to make mistakes yet seeing how this was her first love. Her aunt sympathized with her by understanding that his charm and affection for her could be inviting (1). She knew why Fanny was drawn towards him, but again
she was just looking out for her niece's emotions. She did not want to talk Fanny out of having married this man, but she felt her niece might not had been ready for this. She only wanted to caution her.
Austen gave Fanny two main pieces of advice. The first was if she is sure she loved him ...
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