Prearranged Love

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Shallow: "Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love [Anne]?"

Slender: "I hope, sir" (MWW, p.10).

I laughed when I first read Slender's response.  Then, it made me think about the purpose of many (but not all)marriages back during Shakespeare's time.  In the author's time, marriages were prearranged for financal sercurity.  A women's dowery was the key to achieveing this goal.  As you can infer from the text, love came second, or not at all.  I pity people who are put in that kind of sitution.

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