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|They will live so cheap!
Written by Barbara
(9/18/2006 1:55 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Simple lives and simple living, penned by Pennie
It always strikes me that while Fanny and John satisfy themselves at how very comfortable Mrs. Dashwood and his sisters will be on their 500 a year, at the same time we read as they are preparing to leave for Barton that John "so frequently talked of the increasing expenses of housekeeping, and of the perpetual demands upon his purse, which a man of any consequence in the world was beyond calculation exposed to, that he seemed rather to stand in need of more money himself than to have any design of giving money away."
Somehow he can convince himself that 500 a year is enough for 4 people, while much more than 4000 a year is not nearly enough for the 3!
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