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 Post subject: Re: Mary Lou and Archaeology
PostPosted: 26 Jun 2017, 11:57 
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The Bensons, the Barrases, the Gordons and the Carews are couples where both partners followed careers and (presumably) chose to limit their families. quote]

I don't know about the Barrases and the Gordons, but weren't Eustacia's parents specifically said to be elderly when she was born, and the Carew's lost three children in an epidemic not long before Jane was born.

On Rosalie, who other people have mentioned, one of the surprising things about her not marrying is that she is described as attractive, or even pretty.


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 Post subject: Re: Mary Lou and Archaeology
PostPosted: 28 Jun 2017, 16:08 
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I take your point Vintagejazz but I have a class photo from 1973 and with the exception of 2 girls with short hair we all have long hair parted down the middle!

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 Post subject: Re: Mary Lou and Archaeology
PostPosted: 29 Jun 2017, 11:29 
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I thnk the issue with Roaslie not marrying may have been that she was a secretary rather than a teacher.

Teaching was, traditionally, a vocation, that one could dedicate one's life to. If you happened to meet someone and get married, then you could stop teaching, but even if you didn't, teaching was regarded as being a fulfilling life. A secretarial course, on the other hand, was what girls did to occupy their time and earn a bit of money before they got married. It doesn't carry the same connotations of dedication and fulfillment as teaching does.

So while it is hard to think of Miss Annersley ever getting married, her experienced and reliable secretary might be lacking fulfillment, and really be secretly mourning the fact that she never had a chance (that we know of) to get married.

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 Post subject: Re: Mary Lou and Archaeology
PostPosted: 29 Jun 2017, 17:00 
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I agree with Miriam that teaching is a vocation in a way which secretarial work is not. However, i did secretarial/admin work all my working life and loved it, especially the secretarial part. I would not have chosen to do anything else and it obviously also suited Rosalie.

Marriage is also not everybody's cup of tea. I love my husband but I would happily leave out all the household chores stuff. Also, a bad marriage must be one of the worst things.

Everybody to their own...


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 Post subject: Re: Mary Lou and Archaeology
PostPosted: 29 Jun 2017, 17:51 
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Audrey25 wrote:
Marriage is also not everybody's cup of tea.


Also, 'marriage' in the CS books seems to mean 'marriage and billions of children'. That might suit most people but it was never part of the plan for me or for my wife. Perhaps Rosalie had a discreet relationship which EBD never found out about!


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 Post subject: Re: Mary Lou and Archaeology
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I found Rosalie and all the fulfilled, single women in the series who were never described as anything other than attractive and not old maid-ish in any way to be role models for me. As someone who has never been in a relationship nor wanted to be, it was (and still is) refreshing to see single women who are not villified or shown to be deficient in any way and who are not just hanging around for a man to whisk them away from it all. I think Bill must have been the biggest influence as I'm now a scientist :D . I do also think the descriptions of how lonely Bill could be with very little family behind her, but she has her friends and that is enough for her, a real help for someone living far away from family with no partner and no wish for one.


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