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|The practicalities of life - no war - no money
Written by Susan Elizabeth
(10/13/2008 12:37 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Wishing for war, penned by Cheryl
But I think the larger overriding factor was death. Disease was much more likely to be fatal too (Fanny Harville for example, the worry over what we would consider minor today -I can think of at least three other Austin novels where sore throats and colds could potentially lead to death) without antibiotics and modern bone setting. I thought the first time I read the novels that the concern in these situations was overblown until my mother pointed out her grandfather in 1920 died of an infected toenail.
Wentworth could die easily on a normal voyage, as poor Dick Musgrove did; with war at least he'd die rich.
So, I don't find in the context of the times that they wished for war - promotion and wealth riding on it.
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