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Women of elite and affluent families however can afford to remain unmarried or consider (for the lack of a better word in this case) spinsterhood.

Jane Austen’s character, Emma said it best:“…I shall not be a poor old maid; and it is poverty only which makes celibacy contemptible to a generous public!

Both Sania and Jameela will face the consequences of their decisions – decisions that families will label as “kismet” or “destiny,” usually in response to the “woe is me” attitude that has been ingrained into women as they comply to societal pressure to marry well.

In both cases, irrespective of class differences, both women sacrifice their own happiness and wellbeing for the greater good of the family.

In some cases, extended formal engagements are also tolerated.

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