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Written by BarbaraB
(4/2/2012 1:45 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, 10 guineas/ Mrs. Allen, penned by Katerina
If you're like me---I always need something concrete to give me a good handle on things---this may help put the amount in context. Remember Catherine's 10 guineas is equal to 210 shillings (as Graciela has stated, each guinea being 21 shillings) The years may vary a bit from NA but I found it helpful nevertheless.
From the novels:
*The Moor Park apricot tree that Mrs. Norris speaks of cost 7 shillings (6)
In real life:
*While living at Chawton Jane Austen had a Grey Woollen Cloak made up for 10 shillings in 1812 (letter 29-30)
Catherine's 10 guineas as pocket money seems a practical amount of money, not chintzy nor overly excessive, and her father would give her more if she needed it. Hope this puts things in perspective.
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