Given that young men of that time were usually forced to marry any girl they got pregnant, why does K. D. NOT have to marry Arnette when he gets her pregnant in Paradise?

K .D. doesn't have to marry Arnette at first after she becomes pregnant with his child in Paradise because K. D. comes from a powerful family that protects him. His two uncles weld power because they own the town bank and because their grandpa is a Haven founder. The uncles use their influence and wealth to protect K. D. from having to marry Arnette until it becomes more beneficial for them to wed later on.

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Why doesn’t K. D. (Kentucky Derby) Morgan has to marry Arnette after he gets her pregnant? We think you might have answered your question. Let's look at how you worded your question. You used the word "usually," which implies that it's something that the typical, common man has to do. But is K. D. your average man? Is he just an everyday person?

Who are K. D.'s uncles? They're Deacon and Steward. Think about how Deacon and Steward use their power to protect their own interests, which includes shielding K. D. from Arnette at first.

How did Deacon and Steward get their power? We could say that they acquired it in two main ways. One, they were born into it. Their grandpa was one of the founders of Haven. Two, they own the town bank. They have money. Think about how money and family connections can exempt people for typical expectations in regular life. Do these factors apply to K. D.?

K. D.'s family ties also let him get away with lying. What's one reason why he says he shouldn't have to bear responsibility for the baby? It wasn't he who tried to lure her, it was she who tempted him. Does that sound believable? What kind of man is K. D.? Remember, Morrison describes him as a person who "chased any dress whose wearer was under 50."

Once again, it seems like the power of an important family allows K. D. to distort the truth and avoid the consequences of his actions.

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