✹ About Saturday 17 November 1660 JMW on 18 Nov 2023 • Link "His mother would fain marry him to get a portion for his sister . . . ."Today we would say "would fain marry him OFF to get a portion . . . ."That makes more sense, except that today we don't use "would fain." I (born 1950) have heard the use of "fain" with this meaning when I was young, but in the context of someone speaking, naturally, Lancashire dialect. But not more recently.