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Written by Line
(10/28/2005 4:47 p.m.)
In ch.24, we are told that CW has a fortune of 25,000 pounds. By my calculations, that comes to between 1000 and 1250 pounds interest per year. I posted earlier in the GR that he seems to have the smallest fortune of any man in JA's novels except Edward Ferrars, yet it's treated as if he could hardly have anything more to wish for financially. I wonder what changed between JA's earlier novels and this one?
Further on, it says that Sir Walter "could give his daughter at present but a small part of the share of ten thousand pounds which must be hers hereafter". Presumably this amount is what Anne will inherit after her father dies, *not* her dowry. The first time around, I read it to mean that Anne would inherit 10,000 pounds total, which is not too shabby, but on re-reading I noticed that it says her *share* of 10,000 pounds, so if it's divided equally I assume that she will eventually get some 3333.33 pounds total? ;-) I take it that this is the money her mother brought with her to the marriage? Come to think of it, if Anne's dowry is so small, I wonder what kind of a dowry Mary got?
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