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|I am not so sure...
Written by Robbin
(9/22/2005 6:33 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think their financial future was secure, penned by Tracy W
I also have the idea that money to live on would be a problem. Perhaps anything contracted to Anne (from say, her mother) is too small to be of help or perhaps Sir Walter's very good ability to be a bad father and his living above his means for so many years is at fault.
"While Lady Elliot lived, there had been method, moderation, and economy, which had just kept him within his income; but with her had died all such rightmindedness, and from that period he had been constantly exceeding it. It had not been possible for him to spend less:"
“Troubles soon arose. Sir Walter, on being applied to…professed resolution of doing nothing for his daughter.”
“Captain Wentworth had no fortune. He had been lucky in his profession; but spending freely, what had come freely, had realized nothing.”
“Anne Elliot, with all her claims of birth, beauty, and mind, to throw herself away at nineteen -- involve herself at nineteen in an engagement with a young man, who had nothing but himself to recommend him, and no hopes of attaining affluence but in the chances of a most uncertain profession, and no connexions to secure even his farther rise in that profession.”
“Anne Elliot, so young; known to so few, to be snatched off by a stranger without alliance or fortune; or rather sunk by him into a state of most wearing, anxious, youth-killing dependence!”
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