I found this to be a pleasant enough read. However the story does not translate well into modern life. Hopefully women don't just sit around pining for a man now. What does Belle and Marianne and Margaret live on? welfare? disability? That is not properly explained. Elinor cannot afford to support her entire family on her salary which would be low (minimum-wage?), considering her lack of prefessional qualifications and work experience. Surely the inheritance/common-law- marriage laws are more updated in the UK to ensure that Belle would receive all or at least half the value of the family estate when Henry died? FP

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