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Question by Michael: How was divorce perceived in 19th century England?
I'm reading Jude the Obscure and it seems like the couples are going to some pretty extreme lengths in ending a marriage without actually calling it divorce, which they eventually do anyway. Just wondering what the thought process behind divorce was in those days.
Answer by warneal69
Well, considering the catholic religion was one of the two dominate forces in that time (the other being royalty) and in their "good book" it states rather plainly, "thou shall not be granted divorces". I'm paraphrasing, but you get my meaning.
Getting into heaven was a pretty strong motivator back then and you couldn't do that if you tried to get a divorce. So, extreme actions were called for. ANYTHING so long as it wasn't called divorce.
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