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|China and linen from Stanhill: L&T question
Written by Maisy
(10/18/2006 4:25 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Yes, love the lines about the china..., penned by Lynn
The novel states:
When your father and mother moved to Norland, though the furniture of Stanhill was sold, all the china, plate, and linen was saved, and is now left to your mother. Her house will therefore be almost completely fitted up as soon as she takes it" (ch. 2).JA doesn't come right out and state that these items were brought into the marriage with Mrs. Dashwood. Certainly, I realize that many women traditionally brought household items into their marriage as a sort of dowry, or "hope chest." But I have no knowledge if this was the custom during the time and place of S&S.
S&S1 portrays Mrs. Dashwood telling Fanny that these items had come to her from her family, on her marriage, but it's not worded exactly this way in the novel. :-)
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