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Written by Cheryl
(4/13/2010 12:59 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Was Bingley's money inherited through an entail?, penned by Adrian
An entail is intended to keep landed property from being broken up. Money as well, but chiefly land. Since Mr. Bingley Sr. didn't purchase an estate, there was no real need for an entail. Disposition of monies could be dealth with through a will. While Austen doesn't specifically say there was no entail, I think it can be inferred.
Mr. Bingley inherited property to the amount of nearly an hundred thousand pounds from his father, who had intended to purchase an estate, but did not live to do it. (ch. 4)
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