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Written by Vania
(1/27/2004 3:51 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Trade?????.:-), penned by JulieW
Being born genteel was better than trade of course. Let me clarify what I mean about Mr. Gardiner. I did not say that he was as successful as the elder Mr. Bingley, but since he was still working he could accumulate enough fortune to be like the elder Mr. Bingley and establish his children or grandchildren as genteel. A respectable line of trade in London might have better prospects than being an attorney in Meryton.
Sir William Lucas did drop his business. Had he continued, his family's fortune could not have been merely tolerable.
Yes, Jane did not share the attitude about people who had made their fortune from trade. One family (I forget the name) that the Austens were friends with had made a large fortune from mills, I think.
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