Written by JulieW
(10/25/2003 6:27 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: still confused, penned by Zoe
The chapter "Money" is excellent.
There were certianly bands of incmome less than £2000 per year mentioned by Jane Austen.She lived( together with Cassandra and hre mother) on £500 a year after her fahter's death- so she ahsd persoanl experience of living on a reduced income.
Around £500 per year was seen to be the starting point of gentility( Copeland thinks that Jane Austen's expereince makes her aware that 500 p.a. was not really enough for true happiness! but £700-1000 was prefferrable.It enbales the owner of such an income to live comforably and even to purchase a carriage ;-)
£100 per year was the remuneraton of poor clerks in govermnet office and poor curates.It could supply a family only with a young female servant See Miss Bates.
£2000- the income of the Bennets; a country gentry existance,but not one where extravagance could be maintined. domestic ecomeny
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