By Stephanie Laurens
Unique ebook: 1997
Antonia Mannering refused to turn into an previous maid!
She was once a tender girl with plans, and Lord Philip Ruthven performed a wide half in them. notwithstanding the early life acquaintances had no longer obvious each other in years, she used to be completely conscious that Philip had no loss of lady companionship. yet he had by no means married, and it was once excessive time he did. If she may well end up to him that she used to be in a position to operating his domestic and wouldn't shame him in society, Antonia used to be definite he may suggest a comfy association. yet by no means had she anticipated that their hearts might by some means locate their means into the bargain!
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Also distasteful was female longevity, for aristocratic women were beginning to outlive men, a phenomenon particularly evident from 1575 to 1600 (Minois, Old Age (249 and 292–93). A consequence of these aesthetic and demographic factors was that in early modern English literature, a widow of ﬁfty or older with a predilection for the altar was on shaky moral ground, whatever her status. 18 Although derogatory Precept and Practice 27 widow stereotypes may have been divorced from the realities of remarriage, they thrived in the social imaginary.
This latter-day Wife of Bath rejoiced in William, her junior, and her servant. He knew he stood a chance with her, since “she was frequently observed to say she cared not if she married a man that would love her so that he had never a penny. . ” (qtd. in Brodsky 126). 37 Lonely widows were content to remarry for companionship. Others, as Christine de Pisan had pointed out some two centuries earlier, having been told time and time again that they were the weaker vessel, may have felt inadequate to deal with life.
If widows were ﬁgured as wealthy, they were a present or potential disrupter of a system that, despite ﬁts of liberality, continued to subordinate women legally, socially, and ﬁnancially. Moreover, the stereotype of the rich widow made it easier for people to overlook the poor or marginally selfsufﬁcient widow who needed an economic partner to survive. If widows were ﬁgured as lusty, the fantasied fear of their sexuality could mask a Precept and Practice 41 very real fear of women as economic competitors, taking scarce employment away from men.
A Comfortable Wife (Regencies, Book 8; Lester Family Saga, Book 4) by Stephanie Laurens