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Written by Maisy
(9/17/2006 10:08 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Gosh, Julie thanks a lot., penned by Reeba
Reeba: Should Fanny's assumptions about the comfort of the Dashwood women on an income far above the Austen women not sound so bad after all? I wonder.
Fanny mentions how little Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters' expenses will be. She gives a detailed list of what they will and will not have. It's clear that Fanny has a grasp of the circumstances the women will be reduced to.
As one who has kept her husband's house, and is now taking over the household of an estate, she obviously has an idea of the costs involved in running a home. She must realize that they will very likely have problems affording costly foodstuffs such as beef and sugar, and also non-food "comforts" that they will probably have to do without.
I imagine that JA's brothers also had an idea of how their mother and sisters would have to live on such a small income. But they weren't all in a position to be as generous as John Dashwood could have been. And did they begrudge their mother and sisters the items of "china, plate, and linen" that were in their possession, upon George Austen's death? ;o)
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