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Sunday, July 11

Jane Austen Marriage Throwdown

One can almost count the contented marriages in Jane Austen's novels on one hand. The Gardiners from Pride and Prejudice and Admiral and Mrs. Croft from Persuasion immediately come to mind. Of the heroines and heroes of her novels, which couple stands the best chance for a happy marriage?

Best happy marriage prospects
Fanny Price and Edmund Bertram
Edward Ferrars and Elinor Dashwood
Emma Woodhouse and Mr. Knightley
Marianne Dashwood and Colonel Brandon
Catherine Morland and Henry Tilney
Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet
Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot
Jane Bennet and Mr. Bingley free polls


Heather Carroll said...

There's so many in there but I have to go with Mr and Mrs Tilney!

Dana Huff said...

I think many of them would have been happy, and Marianne and Col. Brandon perhaps more so than many people tend to think, but I selected Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth because they have the added benefit of knowing for sure this is what they want and the wisdom of a few years on the other characters (well, the women anyway). They are truly marrying for love. Not that the other characters aren't, but it seems somehow more settled between them.

Nonna Beach said...

I could only narrow it down to 2 couples...Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet and Capt. Wentworth and Anne Elliot. This was a hard one !

Enid Wilson said...

I voted for Darcy and Elizabeth but agree that Wentworth and Anne may end up happier because their love has the testing of time.

Really Angelic

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All of their weddings are so good to see. You can see that they are really having a great time. I want to vote to all of them. Do I really need to vote one?

DangAndBlast! said...

I went for Marianne and the Col. because they're pretty much the only ones who'll have no familial opposition to the match from either side. It can strain the most loving marriage to have a relative eager to see it fail or simply constantly critical.