In Search of Wives

Peter Robb

in Sex and Sensibility

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780198075110
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080885 | DOI:
In Search of Wives

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This chapter explores the idea of marriage during the late eighteenth century among colonials in India. It explains that under the prevailing code during this period, wives deserved particular attention and required respect. A gentleman’s marriage assumed companionship and hence parity in class and religion: it offered household management and social graces for the husband in return for protection and comfort for the wife. This chapter also describes the case of Eduardo Tiretta, a sixty-seven year civil architect, who married a fourteen year old girl from Serampore.

Keywords: marriage; companionship; class; religion; household management; social graces; Eduardo Tiretta

Chapter.  9260 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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