|Belonged to the house, I think
Written by Barbara
(10/18/2006 4:56 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Yes..., penned by Maisy
Back in Ch. 2, we had this exchange between John and Fanny:
"But, however, one thing must be considered. 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."
"That is a material consideration undoubtedly. A valuable legacy indeed! And yet some of the plate would have been a very pleasant addition to our own stock here."
"Yes; and the set of breakfast china is twice as handsome as what belongs to this house. A great deal too handsome, in my opinion, for any place they can ever afford to live in. But, however, so it is. Your father thought only of them .
The clues there about 'left to your mother' and 'father thought only of them' as well as Fanny talking about the china that 'belongs' to Norland indicate to me that the Stanhill china belonged to that house and therefore was the late Mr. Dashwood's to leave as he wished, so he left it to his wife.