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Written by LaurieC
(9/19/2004 12:05 p.m.)
ch. 1 - "Over against the piano a man of bulk and stature was wearing two waistcoats on his wide chest, two waistcoats and a ruby pin, instead of the single satin waistcoat and diamond pin of more usual occasions..."
Given Galsworthy mentions "two waistcoats" twice in this passage, I'd really like to be able to picture this in my mind. How does one wear "two waistcoats"?
ch. 2 - "So, he had washed his hands of it, making the condition that they should not marry until Bosinney had at least four hundred a year."
Again, I'm comparing to Austen situations. Isn't 400 a year only slightly above "living on cocoa" level (LOL, loved that little exchange)? I know old Jolyon must regard this as some economic benchmark, but would the 400 per annum be all they'd live on? Old Jolyon says he won't give June much, but what life style would 400 per annum mean at this later time period?
I also note that Swithin paid 400 pounds for the Italian marble statuary, so I'm just making some preliminary assumptions of relative wealth.
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