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|The future of Kellynch.....
Written by JulieW
(10/31/2008 5:48 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Future of Kellynch..., penned by Moni
I'm pretty sure did not involve Anne and Wentworth directly: it seems to me that Anne by marrying Wentworth a self made man with heroic qualities not dependant on the snobbish values of her useless father, is turning her back on Kellynch, inheritance and all the old fashioned snobbish values that entailed.
She is glad that the Crofts have taken over the estate and are running it properly as her father should have done: and by properly I mean not only making it turn a profit,but being good landlords and looking after the people who live on the estate and the surrounding villages. Think Mr Knightley ;-)
I can see Sir Walter and Elizabeth living in Bath , or some other watering place for the rest of their useless lives. They are not interested in the duties inherent in looking after an estate. They want easy money (rental income) and to be important in a small -ish place like Bath - or Cheltenham or Tunbridge whichever is cheaper..........
Mr Elliot would indeed inherit the estaste if Sir Walter died. He won't marry Elizabeth, so I hope she has saved some moeny for the income from the Crofts renting the estate will no longer be hers to spend ;-) How awful if she had to go cap in hand to her sisters for charity........Elizabeth will not inherit the Kellynch estate: it seems to me it is entailed in the male line and the search for heirs after Mr Elliot-should he die before inheriting- will not include any females.
The Crofts might continue to give Mr Elliot easy moeny- paying him to rent the estate while they live there. Eventually if they quitted the lease he would take possession of the estate,but he doesn't seem to me to be a country person: part of the reason JA disapproves of him ,IMHO.He'd rather take the money and title and run I think. He might want to have a career in parliament, who knows?
Re Mary and the prospect of Wentworth becoming a baronet, yes her old snobbish tendencies are showing. But it might just have happened(see my post to Rachel G below). This is JAs genius; its not so far fetched as to make Mary's fears of being outranked totally groundless.
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