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|Just what the old uncle wanted to avoid
Written by Barbara
(9/5/2009 11:11 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Henry Dashwood's income, penned by Nina RG
I think the very first line in the novel shows that the long history of the estate with the respectable Dashwoods as owners was a great point of pride for the elder Mr. Dashwood. Since the division of the large estate or the sale of parts of it could be a possibility if he left it to Henry Dashwood outright. Perhaps what he saw of his nephew, how his nephew felt about his daughters or how strong of an influence Mrs. Dashood had over her husband even made him think that was very likely to happen.
Then, if any of the girls were to marry and had part of the estate as a dowry, it would pass to the control and ownership of their husbands, unless it was legally secured in some way.
Securing the estate to John's child left the esate in one piece, which was probably more what the uncle wanted than anything.
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