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Written by BarbaraB
(10/13/2008 5:00 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Wishing for war, penned by Cheryl
I have to agree with you here. I also agree with you that the Admiral looked at it as a job. I think it's the way everybody looked at it. It seems to me that the way the Wentworth family is set up, the brother who is the curate and Captain Wentworth are most likely younger sons and their sister married a younger son as they are in occupations generally relegated to younger sons. Each family probably had an older brother who inherited the estate, whatever it might have been. I imagine since younger brothers were used to a certain lifestyle, they were always trying to find ways within/without of their chosen profession to improve their income to reach at least an acceptable lifesytle as they had known it when growing up. Even more, they hoped, I would think, to find or happen upon ways to elevate their status beyond that if possible.
War came with risks but most looked at it as a way to earn money it seems regardless of the dangers. Having children was very risky apparently but everyone wanted at least to have a son to carry on the name and family estate. The Bennets---they kept having girls but kept trying to have more children in order to get a boy. No one seemed to consider how risky it was to a wife's life, even the wife. Everything seemed to be based on maintaining a certain way of life as they knew it. It was like it went with the territory. It does seem cavalier to me too, if not a tad mercenary but I do think that personal losses, injuries and sicknesses, when they did happen, affected them the same as it does us.
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