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Written by Kathleen Glancy
(1/28/2011 10:59 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, possible matches and fortune, penned by Nikki N
was for the disposal of a woman's fortune to be dealt with on the occasion of her marriage or on the death of her father, or possibly of her mother, if she did not marry. Isabella presumably got her £30,000 when she married John Knightley. There would have been a settlement at that time to arrange how the money was to be controlled and what was to happen in various possible events - John dying before Isabella, Isabella dying before John, the possible inheritances of any children of the marriage, etc, but the exact terms of it we do not know. Emma will get her £30,000 if and when she marries, again with a settlement, but at present is more likely to have an allowance for her personal expenses, which given Mr Woodhouse's nature will be a generous one. Isabella and Emma will under English law jointly inherit Hartfield and Mr Woodhouse's other assets when he dies, unless he specifies differently in his Will, but that would be in addition to their £30,000 fortunes, I think.
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