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|Considerable patronage in the church?
Written by Allison Jo
(1/28/2004 2:07 p.m.)
In her kind schemes for Elizabeth she sometimes planned her marrying Colonel Fitzwilliam. He was beyond comparison the pleasantest man; he certainly admired her, and his situation in life was most eligible; but, to counterbalance these advantages, Mr. Darcy had considerable patronage in the church, and his cousin could have none at all.
What does this mean? Was patronage in the church such an important thing? Why? Was it in order to help the Collinses find a different parsonage, perhaps without such a meddling patroness?
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