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Written by Line
(6/17/2007 7:58 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Does Mr Gardiner want to be a gentleman of leisure?, penned by Tracy W
...because becoming a gentleman of leisure *was* considered a grand ambition in that time and place - there was a stigma attached to being a tradesman, as the Bingley sisters and even Darcy make clear in the Netherfield chapters. A particular individual might feel differently, of course... I do think that "buying an estate" implied that a man was planning on giving up whatever trade or profession he had been carrying on before, but Julie could answer this better than I can.
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