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|I think she's quite bitter
Written by JulieW
(2/7/2004 12:58 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Daughters..., penned by Mandy N
The inhertiance by females was considered a problem by many in teh 18th cnetury.Dr Johnson considered leaving property to a female heiress very awkward problematical as soneone out of the family marries her, gains control of your property and your name becomes extinct...Hmmm..
( I would counter this by arguing that a clever laywer could overcome most of thess difficulties with a well drafted marraige settlement,but I take the learned Dcortor's point)
So , you can see that failing to prodcue a male heir has problems not only for those of relatlvy lowy status like the Bennets,but it also caused problems for those owners of great estates like Lady Catherine.
Indeed, she is in a similar predicament to the Bennets, if we think about it..She too has failed to produce a male hier,and has to take the consequences.
No wonder she wants her dauhgter to marry Darcy.It would provide all the answers.
Her daughter would be married- , not to a strnager but into a family with an old and respected name, and aristocratic relations- so the name issue simply would not exist.And by uniting them the marraige would aslo unite two great estates making one with tremendous possibilites for wealth.
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