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Written by Ra
(3/8/2011 2:44 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Class and Marriage, penned by Jane Marie
Jane has no income, so is a burden to the Bates. She must get money somehow - marriage or teaching are the only ways open apparently, although I say she'd make an excellent concert pianist, she doesn't have the connections. It would be rude to force Jane to think of marriage when she has no boyfriend on the horizon surely? and equally cheeky to try and matchmake her too blatantly, given her necessitous situation? Plus there is the added burden of the Bates family. Most men couldn't or wouldn't pay for them despite all Jane's manifold accomplishments. Mr Knightley is rich and likes them anyway, so has no objections to Jane apart from her own person - that she isn't Emma.
## Frank's status
His father is in trade, but he has been adopted by the extremely rich Churchill family. His financial prospects trump everyone's in the novel. Again, Jane brings nothing of that kind on her marriage at all except the embarassing and penniless Bates clan who will need introduced to everybody and housed at Frank's expense, although Frank clearly doesn't seem to care. That's the symbolism of mending the rivet in her spectacles.
## Harriet's status
Harriet's parents may be quite well off, but they have pretty muched dumped her on Mrs Goddard, which suggests they have no desire to give her a big dowry on her wedding or to introduce her to their polite society and connections. By not publically owning Harriet, it is of no use to her whether they are royalty, aristocracy or exceptionally poor - she is only the product of a humble village school up-bringing, with few opportunities to develop the accomplishments of a gentlewoman. She will however have better cooking etc skills than someone like Emma - she could make some gentleman farmer very happy. Who could that be eh?
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