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|Mistaken financial expectations?
Written by Line
(3/15/2009 6:08 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, a U-Turn, penned by BarbaraB
I wonder if the Thorpes are under the impression that the Morlands are richer than they really are. Before the passage you quote, Mrs. Thorpe says "we are not to suppose but what, if you had had a suitable fortune, he would have come down with something more, for I am sure he must be a most liberal–minded man.”
To me that sounds like she is saying that Mr. Morland would have contributed more if Isabella had had a bigger dowry (odd enough on its own, IMO), but it implies that he had more to give. Were the Thorpes under a misapprehension regarding the Morland finances? I guess we'll have to wait to find out!
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