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Written by Barbara
(9/6/2009 1:08 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, "Five hundred a year", penned by Elizabeth K
Sir John is being generous, but they still have to pay rent at the cottage. At the end of Ch. 4 :"The house, too, as described by Sir John, was on so simple a scale, and the rent so uncommonly moderate, as to leave [Elinor] no right of objection on either point;"
No, they are not going to be living in poverty. However, it is quite a sizeable drop down in the world to have one's income reduced by more than 80% of what it used to be. That would take some getting used to for anyone. They were in a huge house with many servants and now they are in a tiny cottage with three servants. They used to have horses and a carriage, now they have none.
Looking in the Life and Times FAQ, it seems like the ratio would be more like 1/28 pounds, not 1/60. Even if we did use 1/60, it's not hard to imagine that going from 240,000 pounds a year income down to 30,000 would mean a total change in lifestyle for anyone.
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