Child Marriage in Elsie Dinsmore, part 2

Zoe, we learn, is 15. Edward—whom the author informs us that he has just reached “the age of majority”—is 21. On his way back to the states after his sister’s wedding, Edward travels “leisurely” through France. One day, during a stay in a village outside of Paris, he learns that an American gentleman who has a room nearby has taken deathly ill. He inquires to find out who it is, and lo and beyond, it’s Mr. Love and his daughter, Zoe. You can imagine where this is going.

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