Pride and Prejudice
How we cite our quotes:
But she had never felt so strongly as now the disadvantages which must attend the children of so unsuitable marriage, nor ever been so fully aware of the evils arising from so ill-judged a direction of talents; talents, which, rightly used, might at least have preserved the respectability of his daughters, even if incapable of enlarging the mind of his wife. (42.3)
Bad marriages aren't just bad news for the spouses—they can destroy the kids' lives, too. And in the case of Darcy, the stakes are even higher. He doesn't just rule over a family of five daughters; he's the landlord of a huge estate. If he makes a bad marriage, he could ruin the lives of all his tenants. See? We told you this was serious stuff.