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Who can be in doubt of what followed? When any two young people take it into their heads to marry, they are pretty sure by perseverance to carry their point, be they ever so poor, or ever so imprudent, or ever so little likely to be necessary to each other's ultimate comfort. This may be bad morality to conclude with, but I believe it to be truth; and if such parties succeed, how should a Captain Wentworth and an Anne Elliot, with the advantage of maturity of mind, consciousness of right, and one independent fortune between them, fail of bearing down every opposition? They might in fact, have borne down a great deal more than they met with, for there was little to distress them beyond the want of graciousness and warmth. (24.1)

The narrator steps in to give us the Moral of the Story – that all these complex social structures fall to pieces before a couple in love who have made up their mind. On the one hand this seems to go against the whole trajectory of the novel, which is all about the complex social structures and how they get in the way, but it does link to the idea that figuring out what one really wants is the main roadblock on the path to happiness.

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