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|Does Mr Gardiner want to be a gentleman of leisure?
Written by Tracy W
(6/17/2007 7:30 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I should have said "debt of gratitude", penned by Line
We know Bingley has a fortune of nearly a hundred thousand pounds plus Bingley's sisters have twenty thousand pounds, presumably his father (or whoever earned that fortune) kept earning money well past the point he could have retired to live as a leisured gentleman - a fortune of merely fifty thousand pounds would have generated two thousand a year at a 4% interest rate. So clearly there was no immense social pressure to set up as a landed gentleman the first moment possible. We merely know that Bingley's father wanted to purchase an estate but died first. (chapter 4).
The planned trip up to the Lakes District implies a fair bit of money to me for travelling. The Gardiners also have a manservant free to send off to meet Elizabeth and Maria (chpt 37).
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