1. Who raised Elizabeth when she was growing up?
Both Elizabeth and her brother Robert were orphaned as small children. They were raised primarily by the servants of their estate, but leaned heavily on each other for support. When they were older, Robert became Elizabeth's legal guardian.
2. Why is Elizabeth in danger of losing her home?
When Elizabeth's father died, he left behind numerous gambling debts. Because Robert is also a gambler, Elizabeth was never able to surpass the accruing debts. Now, she is in danger of losing Havenhurst, her home.
3. Why does Elizabeth's family decide that it is time for her to be married?
Because of the family's large debts, they decide that now is the perfect time for Elizabeth to be married. If she marries a man with wealth and a title, they will no longer have to worry about the bank seizing their home.
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