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|Isabella's reaction to the Moreland's offer
Written by Pennie
(4/13/2006 7:23 p.m.)
Let's think about this practically. We don't know what Mr Moreland's income is, but he is described as having a 'considerable independence, besides two good livings'. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the considerable independence couldn't be that considerable given that he had to work as a clergyman to supplement it.
We learn that he is actually going to give one of his livings over to James, worth 400 pounds a year. Presumably the cheaper of the two livings was given over, but my guestimate is that would still be in the ball park of a quarter to a third of Mr Moreland's income! Plus an estate is still to come of at least 400 pounds a year. What a generous father! JA describes this as 'no trifling deduction from the family income, no niggardly assignment to one of ten children'. Which leads to another thing. How will the other 9 siblings fare given that so much of their father's income is tied up in one sibling?
I really want to strangle Isabella when I hear her reaction, because it's uncalled for. It's not as if she's an heiress herself. The Thorpes somehow seem to delude themselves that the Morelands are rich, although I don't know where they got that impression.
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