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Post  Verity Weasley on Tue Apr 29, 2014 5:04 am

better. After pacing up and

That's true about the parents having reason to be overprotective. Did we establish when this was taking place? Is this the summer after Molly and Arthur have both graduated from Hogwarts? In which case they're probably around 18. What would their plans have been for after school? Did Molly have a career before she had children? What would she have been planning to do for a job? It's easy to assume Arthur went straight into the Ministry, but what would Molly have planned to do if she didn't elope?   

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Post  Julia H. on Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:37 am

down in her bedroom for

I don't think we have established the exact time. Anyway, the Lexicon estimates that both Molly and Arthur were born c. 1950, but Arthur was born in February while Molly in October. It means they may not have been in the same year at Hogwarts. At least if they were born in the same calendar year, Arthur would have got the owl 11 years later in the summer, but not so Molly, whose 11th birthday was only after that school year started. Then again, it is circa 1950, so we don't really know. They also estimate that Molly eloped with Arthur c. 1968. That's probably where we are now.  

Arthur may have gone straight to the Ministry, or we may assume that at this point he is trying to get a job there (if he is just out of Hogwarts), which would add a bit to the general uncertainty.

We may assume that Molly had one more year at Hogwarts, or she may have finished as well. It's up to us to decide what career she was dreaming about, but her parents clearly thought it could wait if they were planning to send her abroad with Muriel. By the way, I could imagine Molly looking after young children. Or maybe animals. Or perhaps organising ... something. But perhaps she just wanted to dedicate her life to Arthur and their own future children.

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Post  Verity Weasley on Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:23 am

a while, she resolved to

I think it would be irresponsible to elope before finishing school so let's assume Molly and Arthur have both finished.    I know the Wizarding World tends to be a little old-fashioned but I also don't like to think of Molly as planning to do nothing after leaving school. It's true that her parents are obviously not considering any possible career implications if they want to send her away, but I hope Molly had something in mind. It might not even come up in this story, it's just something I was wondering about.   

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Post  Julia H. on Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:53 pm

tell Arthur everything and to

I agree.   (Except that I don't think that raising children, looking after family, household, garden and animals and giving constant, reliable background support to a husband should count as "doing nothing".)

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Post  Verity Weasley on Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:42 pm

ask for his opinion on

No, no, of course not!    I was a stay-at-home mum for a long time when my kids were young, so I definitely don't think that counts as doing nothing. I just meant that Molly (as far as we know) hadn't planned to get married right out of school, so I can't imagine her thinking to herself that as she probably was going to get married and have children some day, she didn't need to think about doing anything else. Then again, that kind of thinking might have been common amongst the pure-blood wizard families for all I know. I'm sorry, I'm not expressing myself very clearly.     

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Post  Julia H. on Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:31 am

what she should do. The

 

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Post  Verity Weasley on Thu May 01, 2014 4:47 am

letter written, she went downstairs

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Post  Julia H. on Thu May 01, 2014 7:06 am

to look for the family

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Post  Verity Weasley on Thu May 01, 2014 7:47 am

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Post  Julia H. on Thu May 01, 2014 9:44 am

and her brothers, who were

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Post  Verity Weasley on Thu May 01, 2014 11:00 am

no doubt continuing to plan

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Post  Julia H. on Thu May 01, 2014 4:41 pm

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Post  Verity Weasley on Thu May 01, 2014 7:30 pm

living her life the way

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Post  Julia H. on Fri May 02, 2014 3:55 am

she wanted to. She entered

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... the kitchen?   It seems to be a place where Molly is likely to find inspiration (and maybe the owl).

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Post  Verity Weasley on Fri May 02, 2014 5:51 am

the kitchen and instantly felt

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...more relaxed...
Yes, maybe she enjoys that feeling of home and safety that is created in a warm kitchen. After she's sent her owl, she might decide to make some bread to unwind. All that kneading is good for getting out frustration - unless wizards have self-kneading dough!   

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Post  Julia H. on Fri May 02, 2014 5:58 am

more relaxed. She savoured the

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Post  Verity Weasley on Fri May 02, 2014 8:28 am

warmth and comfort of the

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Post  Julia H. on Fri May 02, 2014 8:43 am

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Post  Verity Weasley on Fri May 02, 2014 8:45 am

found the family owl in

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Post  Julia H. on Fri May 02, 2014 9:37 am

its cage. The old Tawny

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Post  Verity Weasley on Fri May 02, 2014 10:44 am

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Post  Julia H. on Fri May 02, 2014 11:23 am

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Post  Verity Weasley on Fri May 02, 2014 9:31 pm

and nuzzled Molly affectionately as

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Post  Julia H. on Sat May 03, 2014 8:47 am

she carefully tied the letter

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Post  Verity Weasley on Sat May 03, 2014 9:16 am

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