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Sex and SensibilityRichard Blechynden's Calcutta Diaries, 1791-1822$
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Peter Robb

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198075110

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075110.001.0001

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In Search of Wives

In Search of Wives

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Sex and Sensibility

Peter Robb

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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

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