The novel opens in a European casino with the question ‘Was she beautiful or not beautiful?’ ‘She’ is Gwendolen Harleth, a ‘Nereid in sea-green robes and silver ornaments, with a pale sea-green feather fastened in silver falling backward over her green hat and light-brown hair’.A couple of days ago my 9 year-old daughter said, “I am going to skip college and get married and be a stay-at-home mom.” I’ll admit, there was a time that her declaration would have made me want to puke. A year before, I sat in my grandmother’s hospital room with my aunt and mother discussing my future.
It doesn't mean they do not view their partners as equals, or believe their partners can easily be bought with a kind gesture.
For that matter, didn’t people in American used to get married a lot younger than that?
Most of us were expected or are expecting our children to go to college and pursue a career before marriage.
For some reason I cannot comprehend, we expect that males and females should approach situations in similar ways.
I am an astute observer of people, and I can tell you today that marriage is an institution of equality, not similarity.