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|Ch.30: Knowledge of other people's finances
Written by Line
(3/27/2009 9:25 a.m.)
In ch.30, we are told that what the General knew about Catherine's fortune came from John Thorpe, and that that information was decidedly flawed! I was struck by the difference between NA and JA's other novels here, especially P&P. In P&P, everyone is soon *accurately* informed about everybody else's finances. In fact, within five minutes of Darcy's first appearance at the Meryton Assembly, everybody has heard that he has ten thousand pounds a year. He's as much a stranger to them all as Catherine is to the General, and lives in Derbyshire, a long distance away, yet they know this about him.
On the one hand, it's surprising that financial information is generally so accurate in JA's novels, or on the other, you could say it's surprising that General Tilney didn't check with more than one source before setting out to win Catherine for his son. In real life, I'd go with #2! I wonder how often mistakes like General Tilney's happened in real life?
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