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|This situation intrigues me...
Written by Moni
(9/16/2006 12:59 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, John and his step-mother, penned by Barbara
and I think from what I read, it seems that John is "cold-hearted" and "rather selfish" as described, but that he was in general well respected. He seems to be very different from the father. It's strange because within the first three pages (CH.1) we get a lot of information, but none of it seems conclusive. First John agrees and intends to honour his promise to his father and even meditated on giving more.
If the father loved his second wife and children more than John, would this support the case for the text in CH.1 "Mrs John Dashwood had never been a favourite with any of her husband's family."? Did this mean they didn't like John so it followed they weren't fond of his choice of wife? The text says "But Mrs John Dashwood was a strong caricature of himself; more narrow-minded and selfish."
I am confused mostly by the legal, I think. "It was secured, in such a way, as to leave to himself (Henry Dashwood) no power of providing for those who were most dear to him" - the handling of the first wife's fortunes seems strange, IMO. I am not a legal expert, but it would be interesting to know the whys. Perhaps this is something for JulieW's knowhow?
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