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Written by Line
(4/22/2010 5:48 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Charlotte vs Lizzy, penned by Connie
"Sir William Lucas had been formerly in trade in Meryton, where he had made a *tolerable* fortune, and risen to the honour of knighthood by an address to the King, during his mayoralty. The distinction had perhaps *been felt too strongly*. It had given him a *disgust* to his business, and to his residence in a small market town; and, quitting them both, he had removed with his family to an house about a mile from Meryton, denominated from that period Lucas Lodge, *where he could think with pleasure of his own importance*, and, unshackled by business, occupy himself solely in being civil to all the world."
IMO, what the ON is saying is that Sir William let snobbery and a swelled head persuade him to leave his business before he really should have. He probably should have done what Mr. Bingley Sr. did: work all his life and leave it to his children to climb the social ladder. I suspect that the Lucases are in a very similar situation to the Bennets - the parents have enough money to live on reasonably comfortably as long as Sir William lives, but not enough to give their daughters proper dowries or their sons a financial cushion to get them started in life.
I suspect one reason Charlotte's brothers are so overjoyed at her engagement, and her sisters look forward to "coming out" a year earlier, is very much for financial reasons.
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