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Written by Nikki N
(2/20/2013 12:10 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, In Northanger Abbey, JA says that, penned by Graciela
expectations, especially secured or settled expectations (when the beneficiary cannot be disinherited e.g. in P&P Mr bennet had to assure Lydia, by settlement of her equal share of the 5,000 pounds) are sometimes treated in the novels as though the money already belong to the young person concerned. In Emma itself, Miss Campbell's inheritance of 12,000 from her father is sometimes mentioned as though it is already hers. In NA, General Tilney was soothed on finding that Cath would have 3,000 pounds, but it's not specified whether she would have it now as dowry or later as a secured inheritance.
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