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Written by Nikki N
(4/20/2013 7:15 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Caroline and Darcy, penned by bridget d
The Bennets of Longbourn with 2,000 a year were in the middle gentry as long as Mr Bennet lived, if he died before any of his daughters married well, and his estate inherited by his male cousin, then his widow and daughters would sink into becoming lower or impoverished gentry like Mrs and Miss Bates and Jane Fairfax -- his daughters would sink from the comforts they were born to, but would remain gentlewomen. And the very fact that the next male heir to Longbourn was a distant cousin meant that the estate had been in their family for several generations since their ancestor -- the ancestor of both Mr Bennet and Mr Collins), the original owner, who created the entail to exclude females from inheriting it. (Some great estates of nobility were also entailed to males only e.g. the TV series Downton Abbey).
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