(I’m cultivating a habit of sneaking in blog posts in while waiting around for other things to start. Tonight, I’m syncing my ipod, drinking coffee with whipped cream, and smelling something delightful in the oven – all preparations for a semi-low-key celebration of 2010.)
Remember when I watched The Duchess and teased you with a meaty discussion? (I inserted that link so you could refresh your memory.) I’m going to lean on you for a lot of the meat of that discussion, but at least now you’re going to know the prompt.
Many times during the movie, as we were asked to pity the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire for their loveless marriage, my mind turned to an article that I read many months ago on a website that has repeatedly challenged (and hopefully refined) my notions about dating and marriage. The central idea is that, for aristocrats, marriage is about political and financial strength, aligning yourself with someone whose level of worth matches your own, but peasants make the decision based on an entirely different set of expectations. Check it out, and let me know your thoughts.