What do you mean by wider cirucumstances? Btw to me he doesn't look not happy, just not confortable with it 'cause he's not used to a normal life...
That was the point I was trying to make! He isn’t used to normal life and I don’t think the prospect of one would be a
for him. Despite this, you do see people hoping for a “happy ending” where OC escapes the contract, going on to live a normal life with Lizzy (either with or without Sebastian) as if that’s something he’d want.
Though this is kind of ignoring the fact that RC has returned, but for a theoretical purpose let’s pretend that didn’t happen! :’D
Ahem. By saying “wider circumstances” I was referring to both the contract and OC’s fake identity. These aspects would make it quite hard for OC to marry Lizzy and I’d say–since he expects to die prematurely–he has never prepared to live life alongside her. OC hasn’t really laid the foundations for his future life because he does not believe he has one, so if the situation did occur I’m not sure things could even work out! He’d be living a lie, awaiting his
impending death via the contract.
There’s also the fact that OC doesn’t seem to consider himself a true member of the nobility, of course he is but he does not speak as if they are “his people”. He clearly doesn’t spend a lot of time associating himself with them, though Lizzy does and this makes them a little incongruous.
Of course, the Midfords are well aware of the job OC does for a living (Francis is Vincent’s sister after-all) but I wouldn’t say they truly know the extent of it.
It would depend on how you see things, but due to OC’s contract with Sebastian I’m inclined to believe the “supernatural threat” the Watchdog faces is higher than ever before. Vincent likely had some dealings with them (Undertaker for one) but whether Francis knows about that is debatable. Therefore, Lizzy is not prepared to deal with the reality of OC’s existence.
EG: she does not know the true extent of OC’s ruthlessness. Even if Baron Kelvin deserved to die (and he did) it takes a lot to shoot a man down without hesitation. OC also killed Doll and Joker, with Doll being especially questionable since it isn’t clear how much she knew about the kidnappings:
Or that OC has (partially) burnt down buildings:
Or that he has murdered children under questionable circumstances:
She also finds it upsetting to witness OC’s cold personality and this often results in him having to “put up with her” and compromise, though they both do this I believe OC does it far more often.
I really do believe OC loves Lizzy a lot! But their lifestyles aren’t always that compatible since OC has to put up a front around her, mostly due to his fake identity but also because of the contract.
In the past, OC hasn’t acted like he expects to marry Lizzy either. Since he hides his brand from her I’ve always assumed that means he doesn’t consider marriage (and thus consummation) a likely possibility. If he expected to one day marry Lizzy then there’d be little reason to hide the brand? The fact he hides his asthma from her is also indicative of this, these are not things he could expect to hide forever.
Then there’s the added factor of OC knowing he is stealing his brother’s wife, all whilst she thinks he is his brother. As Soma has pointed out, OC wouldn’t allow himself to be happy in those circumstances. It would result in a situation full of lies, where both parties are miserable and unable to truly be themselves around each other.
Perhaps Lizzy and OC could have a positive relationship, but I believe the “wider circumstances” they experience prevent that from happening! :(