A Love Story
- Cruikshank, George.
The Bottle, 1847 (Perrot,
| The Bourgeois females
wanted to fall in love, marry young, and have a lot of children;
after all, they spent a good part of their childhood learning
how to tend house, converse with their husband, and talk to their
servants. But once a female finds her love,
becomes married,and once she begins
having children she might find that how she is raised to be is
not who she wants to be. It is fun to talk and dream about true
love and the future, but the future does not always turn out
the way the teacher of the Institution of Marriage says it will.
Behind the closed doors of her new home she may find herself
coming in second place to her husband's mistress, beaten, or
alone without the law on her side.
| For the men, they start
off wanting to find a woman who does as she is told and holds
a great amount of respect for her future husband. The men want
to find beauty in their future wife because beauty can be worth
more than the dowry he could receive from her family, and he
wants to have children who will carry on his name with pride.
What he might not think about is whether his true love can fully
satisfy him and treat him the way he expects to be treated, if
he is the first to be with his love, or what happens when the
love dies down.
Cruikshank, George. The Bottle,
1847 (Perrot 79)
Victor Hugo, in his novel Les
Miserables, shows how a family can appear to have a deep
sense of love and loyalty towards one another when, in truth,
the family is divided into parts. Within these parts are where
loyalty can be found, as well as despair.