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Confused about the relationships

If Lady Susan was the sister-in-law of the lady at Churchill, then was her dead husband Reginald's brother? Wouldn't Reginald's parents have been her in-laws?

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Lady Susan's LATE husband, you mean ?

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Re: Confused about the relationships

And in fact the oldest bit of back story was that when Charles Vernon fell in love with Catherine DeCourcy, his sister-in-law, his brother Frank's wife Lady Susan, tried her hardest to torpedo the marriage. That's why Catherine is so surprised when Susan says she wants to stay at Churchill.


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Thank you both! That's very helpful (and interesting)!

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when Charles Vernon fell in love with Catherine DeCourcy, his sister-in-law, his brother Frank's wife Lady Susan, tried her hardest to torpedo the marriage.


I wasn't clear on why Lady Susan had tried to prevent her brother-in-law from marrying Catherine DeCourcy. I don't think it was mentioned in the film.




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It's been too long since I saw it, but my memory is that there was no real reason given or needed the point being (from Charles's POV) that she had no good reason. As is often the case when a difficult family member opposes a love match.


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There could have been no good reasonsome women that marry into families seem to like to keep the males single. Maybe it's jealousy, maybe they want more resources for their offspring. As Lady Susan had married the eldest Vernon brother, when he died without issuing a male heir, the Vernon property and holdings were passed on to his nearest living male relation: his younger brother, Charles. A single brother-in-law was more likely to a) marry her and leave her as mistress of the manor or b) be positively influenced in regards to her residence there and still leave her as mistress of the manor in the case of her husband's death. I think she was just looking ahead.

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Lady Susan's attempts to torpedo her brother-in-law's marriage is discussed in detail early in the film.

This is the scene:

SUSAN I wanted her to be delighted with me (disappointed) but I didnt succeed.

MRS. CROSS I can't understand it.

SUSAN Its true I have always detested her. And that, before her marriage, I went to great lengths to prevent it. Yet it shows an illiberal spirit to resent for long a plan which didnt succeed.

MRS. CROSS Decidedly illiberal. Not liberal at all!

SUSAN My opposing her marriage and later preventing her and Charles from buying Vernon Castle might have given her an unfavorable impression. But Ive found that, where theres a disposition to dislike, a pretext will soon be found.

MRS. CROSS You mustnt reproach yourself

SUSAN I shan't the past is done. My project will be the children. I know a couple of their names already and have decided to attach myself to young Frederick in particular, taking him on my lap and sighing over him for his dear Uncle's sake
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