Written by bridget D
(3/17/2013 9:44 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Emma's history, penned by Thérèse
There is no reason to assume that if Emma were very rich, i.e. having £30 of her own and more to come, she would have a house in town. Many gentry families did not care for London and did not spend much time there. They might only rent a house there when they had daughters ready to marry off.
And Mr Woodhouse is clearly not the sort of man who would care for London life or keep up a house in London that he wasn't likely to live in or visit. And from what I can recall of previous discussions, the use of the terms "heiress" could mean someone who has already come into their fortune, as well as someone waiting to inherit. Anne de B is referred to as the heiress of ROsings but she may well have inherited it already…