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Written by Tracy W
(9/23/2006 4:28 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I agree..., penned by Moni
In _Per_, for historical reference purposes, Lady Russell is a widow with a good fortune, and is stated as having a wide acquaintance in Bath, attends parties, etc, and is of such high status that Elizabeth Elliot, oldest daughter of a Baronet, still must give Lady Russell the precedence:
I presume when Mr Dashwood died the neighbours all made condolence visits, though I do not know of any direct evidence of this being a custom in Regency times.
Mrs Dashwood's loss of income would have affected her socially, but not the mere fact of being widowed (apart from now it is possible that she could marry again).
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