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Written by BarbaraB
(4/23/2013 6:25 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Fortune, penned by bridget d
We're told: "Sir William and Lady Lucas were speedily applied to for their consent; and it was bestowed with a most joyful alacrity. Mr. Collins's present circumstances made it a most eligible match for their daughter, to whom they could give little fortune..." (22) Also Charlotte's brothers are happy because if she had never married, they would have had to be financially responsible for her. Another thing that comes to mind is that Wickham would likely have come sniffing around if Charlotte had possessed any reasonable fortune. No doubt, he would have considered her an easy target as her age and apparent lack/loss of looks/youthful bloom, would have made her a highly receptive/desperate candidate. Miss King's ten thousand made her a sudden target of Wickham so I would say Charlotte has a lot less since he never went after her. I get the feeling that Lucas Lodge took a considerable chunk of Sir William's 'tolerable fortune'. If he could have afforded better, I feel certain he would have gotten something more suitably showy to go with the pride he has for his knighthood. And, then he needed to keep enough money to earn the amount of interest to live on with a family of at least seven, counting himself.
We don't get a lot of specific information on the Lucas family's finances but when you put together what we do get, I feel the intention is that they have to watch their pennies in order to maintain gentry status.
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