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|Connections are often surprising
Written by Tracy W
(5/9/2007 7:33 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Where could Mr. C have heard of the Bennet..., penned by Adrian
I've linked below to a post by the Mysterious HC containing a table of population in England divided by status (and their incomes). From this there appear to have been about 27,204 families amongst the gentry in Regency England. If there are on average 5 people per family then there would be a bit over 100,000 gentry floating around England.
I live in a city of 400,000 people in a country of 4 million people and there are always surprising connections between people. JA's England gives the same impression, with things like Mr Collins' patronness Lady Catherine being Darcy's aunt.
My guess would be that something happened like a young man from one of the four-and-twenty families the Bennets dine with attended university, and there fell into conversation with Mr Collins, and found out that he was related to the Bennets, and expressed his admiration of the Bennet daughters'. But no friendship developed as my imaginary young man is unlike Mr Collins in having more brain cells than fingers. :)
|Mysterious HC's post on Incomes and Status|
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