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Written by Linden
(1/13/2004 3:17 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, When was the Bingley fortune acquired?, penned by Karen 2L
Fotunes could be made so quickly that it was perfectly possible that Mr Bingley's father, starting out `respectable' (ie not poor, but of the middle ranks of society) could have accumulated enough in his life to send his son to a posh school (where he might have met Mr Darcy), and his daughters off to an expensive private seminary; towards the end of his life, he'd have looked to buy a landed estate and retire.
The Bingley sisters are `in the habit of spending more than they ought': ie they're starting to dissipate the fortune. `Clogs to clogs in three generations' was said about fortunes made in the Industrial Revolution: one person made the fortune, his son maintained it, and his grandchildren squandered it. I don't know whether JA heard the saying, but I reckon she'd agree with it.
One question that I'm chewing over, since I'm taking social status as my theme for this Group Read: why did JA make the Bingley fortune come from trade? The adaptation omitted this -- does it make any difference to our understanding of the social relations in P&P?
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