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Written by Ramya
(10/3/2010 9:17 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Threats & Consequences, penned by Robbin
but was it very ethical?- for he was selling a church living for profit. We don't hear of Colonel Brandon selling his living to Edward (who couldn't really have afforded to buy it anyway). I was browsing the L&T archives and it does appear that people sometimes sold their livings, but at other times, it was given as a gift (Mr. Collins, Edward Ferrars) or bequeathed in a will (Wickham). The fact that Sir Thomas did choose to sell a living for profit (and allowed personal letters to be "Franked" using his seal- Chap. 2) do suggest that he cut ethical corners sometimes.
Selling some land or other property may have reduced the income or prestige of Mansfield Park, but he was making the younger son pay for the sins of the elder. This is yet another instance where Sir Thomas choses convenience and prestige over strictly correct behavior. Badly done, Sir Thomas! Badly, done, indeed!
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