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  • Fair for Its Day: While the ending could definitely be interpreted as Catherine giving up on love and never marrying due to her experiences with her father and Morris, she seems to have not been interested in romance in general—when Morris comes to try to persuade her to marry him again, he assumes that she never married because she was waiting for him. Over the years, Catherine had turned down many perfectly serviceable men and she tells him point blank that she never married because she didn't need to. Most importantly, her eventual spinsterhood is not played for tragedy, just a fact of life. This is something rarely seen even in modern works.


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