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Written by Ramya
(2/22/2011 2:20 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Her Father's Money, penned by BarbaraB
-thanks for sharing! Her ungenteel perseverance in pushing Jane Fairfax into an eligible situation for Governessing (Ch. 35) acts as a parallel to the slave trade where people were pushed into slavery against their will.
Tarn brings up the point that Mrs. Elton's fortune was not so great if it had come from profits off the slave trade. But perhaps, the bulk of it was given to the older sister, in order to fix an alliance with the pro-abolition Mr. Suckling. Their barouche-landau is of recent origin, after all (Ch. 32). Even if not directly linked to the salve trade, the uncle's business could have been indirectly related to it (I can't think of any examples). Merely coming from a city that profited so heavily from the slave trade would still cast a shadow on the denizens that basked in the prosperity pouring into the city through such means.
With not a very big dowry, and the shadow of the slave-trade on her, perhaps there was no wonder Miss Hawkins was so readily pleased with Mr. Elton's suit.
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