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|Letter 13 : Rich versus Middling Wealth
Written by JulieW
(9/2/2005 6:01 a.m.)
Mary does not manage matters in such a way as to make me want to lay in myself. She is not tidy enough in her appearance; she has no dressing-gown to sit up in; her curtains are all too thin, and things are not in that comfort and style about her which are necessary to make such a situation an enviable one. Elizabeth was really a pretty object with her nice clean cap put on so tidily and her dress so uniformly white and orderly.
Is this criticism really fair?
Elizabeth Kngiht could afford to look elegant in her white clothes,in her very elegant and grand home, surrounded by servants.
Mary in the Deane parsonage with her thin curtains and no dressing gown seems to be worthy of a little pity.
JA appears to be saying that unless she could have the same luxuries,she would rather not have children...?
Of course, those luxuries didnt save Elizabeth from dying in childbirth in the end.
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