Tomorrow is a very special day for me - my silver wedding anniversary! I thought it might be fun to post a few of Jane Austen's comments on the married state. As for me, 25 years have just flown by - I am so fortunate to have met and married and spent 25 years with the most wonderful man in the entire universe! Happy Anniversary Romanus!
A woman is not to marry a man merely because she is asked, or because he is attached to her, and can write a tolerable letter.
Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor - which is one very strong argument in favour of Matrimony...
Letter to Fanny Knight, 1817
It was a very proper wedding. The bride was elegantly dressed - the two bridesmaids were duly inferior - her father gave her away - her mother stood with salts in her hand, expecting to be agitated - her aunt tried to cry - and the service was impressively read...
Till it does come, you know, we women never mean to have anybody. It is a thing of course among us, that every man is refused - till he offers.
Marriage is a great Improver.
From a letter to Cassandra 1798