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Date: Apr 21 9:56 PM, 2010
RE: LIEUTENANT CHRISTOPHER HAVERGAL
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that could explain the high maternal mortality rate though!

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Date: Apr 21 9:55 PM, 2010
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I suppose life expectancy in general was so much shorter in those days, so marrying at 12 was more acceptable, but human biology can't have changed all that much and I still feel that girls were not matured enough to cope with pregnancy and childbirth.  I guess it depends on the individual, some girls mature earlier than others, like Rowella.

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Date: Apr 21 7:33 PM, 2010
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Girls could marry at 12 I believe until about after 1901, with paretnal consent. The legal age for child bearing was aged 11 way, way back in the middle ages. I think Bella is so mature for her age, it doesn't matter. Christopher cares deeply for her anyay. He never makes a pass at her before marriage, so he must respect her.
It wasn't like Ossie and 15 year old Rowena, that was seedy!

-- Edited by QueenMab on Wednesday 21st of April 2010 07:34:34 PM

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Date: Aug 4 1:13 AM, 2009
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Christopher is a strange character. He obviously loves Bella, but his previous history would suggest a certain, well, laxity, in his conduct with women. He was a "showboat" as an officer. Finance gives him the rush he needs- as does Bella.

Imagine the modern equivalent- financier married to breakout, A-list movie star. His war wound has to haunt him in some fashion. He runs the risk of being overshadowed by his more popular (and more moral) wife. Ordering more white wine isn't the answer...

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Date: Jun 6 4:48 PM, 2009
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I know Anne Boleyn was in her late twenties when she met and then married Henry v111 and was considered old!



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Date: Jun 6 4:00 PM, 2009
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I so agree.  We cannot judge characters from previous centuaries with the views that we hold today.  Women were quite often married and mothers by the time they were 14, 15 or 16.  Henry VII's (our first Tudor king) mother was 14 when he was born!!

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Date: May 27 3:45 PM, 2009
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I think its always difficult to read about another period in time and accept completely the standards and attitudes of that era. Interestingly in an earlier book, Ross is described by WG as having a more modern outlook towards cruelty to children and even animals but because WG tends not to describe such incidents in detail we are not so aware of the changes in what we  now see as acceptable behaviour. Whether WG wrote to deliberately challenge his readers view of the 18th century and its morals or whether he was just reflecting the age , im not sure. I know he always researched his novels really deeply and so im guessing he just wanted to make Bella a more headstrong character who caused her parents more hair pulling than the average 13 year old! I wondered also if She was meant to mirror her mothers history of knowing her heart and mind despite her youth. 



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Date: May 27 12:58 PM, 2009
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Maybe I'm considering this from the moral standpoint of the 21stC but a man of nearly 22yrs old, playing with the emotions of and sexually interested in a 13yr old girl and wanting to take control of her life and put her on the stage .. (ok I know she could easily have passed for 17) but honestly, he did know how old she was.  Maybe it was different then, not sure what the legal age for marriage was in those days, but today he would be viewed with suspicion and even considered to be a paedophile. 

A little controversial of WG to write this storyline?  Anyone else any opinion on this??



-- Edited by namparagirl on Wednesday 27th of May 2009 01:01:43 PM

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