This list of reasons is for the young miss of the Georgian, Regency, or Victorian era. Entering into matrimony is not a decision to be made lightly. While it is important that you make a good match, every young lady should choose her future husband with great care. Below I have compiled a list of pros on marrying an earl. The discerning young woman will note the state and accuracy of each of these points against the gentlemen she wishes to wed. Not every earl will have all ten points in his favor, some for instance can be greedy fortune hunters. However, this list is not made with those rapscallions in mind.
1. The rank.
Rank makes all the difference in the world. Do you see yourself as a countess? Would you be thrilled to be deferred to by one and all as the 'Right Honorable Countess of (insert blank)' or 'My Lady?' If so, then marrying an earl is for you!
2. The high society.
You are part of the le bon ton. Being readily established as part of the Upper Ten Thousand will gain you a lot of influence. You'll be rubbing shoulders with Britain's elite!
3. The wealth.
A countess can expect to be able to indulge in a little shopping with the pin money she receives quarterly. She need not worry about money at all unless she is mismanaging her household. That of course, would never do.
4. The clothes.
The clothes, the accessories, the hair styles and shoes... fashion in short, my dears, and being at it's height is marvelous! A countess would be looked upon to set trends and knowledgeable about everything that is all the rage.
5. The parties
All that divine dancing! Which is your favorite? The country dance, the cotillion, or the scotch reel? How about the quadrille or the more scandalous waltz? You will need plenty of dancing slippers but it would be worth it!
6. The servants.
A countess need not cook or clean or lift a finger she does not want to raise. She can devote her energies to more personal and rewarding tasks such as correspondence, reading, drawing, visiting and more.
7. The London townhouse.
A townhouse in the most fashionable part of London is the perfect place to host an assembly or fancy dinner party. Many a hostess will envy your accomplishments in presentation and decoration of your home.
8. The country estates.
When London gets to be too smoggy and the Season is not in full swing, a countess must have a place to retire. Her country estates are just such a location and their beautiful sprawling gardens are the icing on top of the cake.
9. The travel.
To see all the beautiful sights and sites of the world or England is a joy for any countess. Won’t all your friends be envious of your latest trip to Paris?
10. The earl.
The most wonderful thing about being a countess is the earl. Do you not agree ladies? He should be handsome, kind, well mannered, not marred by scandal, and good to his hired help. It wouldn't hurt if he liked children, old matrons, and dances at Almack's, but I wouldn't get your hopes up. He's bound to have a failing somewhere. Just remember to keep the pros of marriage to him in the front of your mind and you will be content indeed!
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