A covenant is defined as a formal, solemn, and binding agreement or compact, usually used with regard to relations among nations or as part of a contract. But it can also apply to a marriage, as Elizabeth Bennet learns when her father binds her to a marriage with a man she dislikes. To her protests that she cannot be bound against her will, she is informed that she still lives under her father’s roof and under his control, so she has nothing to do with it. After such an inauspicious beginning, how could two people joined in such a manner ever make a life together?
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