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|The point of my query.
Written by Rachel G
(9/13/2010 8:46 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Looked a little but couldn't find anything that was, penned by AnnetteJ
So Sir Thomas evidently wanted to help the Prices but was unable to use his interest/influence to advance Mr Price in the Marines. I knew that Army commissions could be purchased, and that the "interest" of someone with influence in the Navy was vital to get the early steps of naval promotion. This made me wonder if the phrase in bold just meant that Sir Thomas had no influence in the Navy, or whether there was something in the regulations governing promotion in the Marines which meant that Sir Thomas could not help. Frustrated by my failure to find the relevant regulations I wondered if anyone else knew the answer, that's all.
I think Sir Thomas is shown in quite a good light here, and feel that without Mrs Norris busily stirring the pot and ensuring there was an absolute breach between the sisters, the Prices might have benefitted sooner from Sir Thomas' generosity.
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