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|I wonder if people like the Hursts paid annually...
Written by Adrian
(5/18/2007 12:14 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Hursts' finances, penned by Line
...to lease their house (what I would have assumed) or whether the Hurst family might themselves have leased the house for multiple years by paying up front. I would expect the property owner would prefer an annual return, but perhaps Mr. Hurst could have taken over a long-term lease paid for by his ancestor. Is that possible?
Now would Darcy likely have also leased his house in a fashionable district, or could someone with his income have bought outright? (Or could one assume that in JA's fictional London Darcy might have owned his own house and leased surrounding abodes--in short, been one of the "estate holders" in London which Julie mentions? Darcy Square, anyone?)
I always thought that the Gardiners' "living quietly" meant they did not socialize much, just stayed at home, rather than that the neighborhood (at least on the street side) was quiet.
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