Astell and C17-18 Prose Style (The "Prose Poem" Before Plain Style Was King)
If marriage be such a blessed state,
how comes it,
may you say,
that there are so few happy marriages?
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But suppose a man does not marry for money,
though for one that does not,
perhaps there are thousands that do;
suppose he marries for love,
an heroic action,
which makes a mighty noise in the world, partly because of its rarity, and partly in regard to its extravagancy,
and what does his marrying for love amount to?