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Written by Maisy
(9/16/2006 12:36 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Uncle, penned by BarbaraB
Kathleen James-Cavan, editor of the Broadview edition, maintains that Norland is bequeathed to Henry Dashwood in this way so as to protect it from bankruptcy for as long as is possible, and that JA's "contemporary conservative readers would expect nothing less of a conscientious landowner" (21). . It seems very likely to me that protecting Norland was the uncle's highest priority -- above any affections he might feel for Mrs. D. and her daughters.
I think the uncle may have assumed that John would do everything in his power to take care of his step-mother and half-sisters. The uncle may even have thought that Mrs. D. and the girls would be welcome to live out the rest of their days at Norland (or at least until the daughters married, at which time Mrs. D. might make a home with one of them).
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