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|Perhaps his uncle knew him too well
Written by Barbara
(9/16/2012 2:10 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Timing of Mr Dashwood's death, penned by Lisa EBK
In 20 years, Henry Dashwood had not managed to put away anything for his wife and daughters.
We don't know much at all about Stanhill, where they lived before Norland, other than that it had very nice china that Fanny coveted for her own. In Ch. 2 Fanny says that the furniture of Stanhill was sold, but we don't really learn who the owner of it was or if any profit from the sale of the house of its furniture came Henry Dashwood's way.
But even without that, he had the income of half of his first wife's fortune from her death until his own, which was more than 20 years. In the 10 years they lived at Norland, they must not have had huge living expenses. Why didn't he save some money? In Ch. 6 we learn that Mrs. Dashwood 'never saved in her life'. Perhaps they were spendthrifts? Or just careless with their money, spending as their feelings moved them?
So, perhaps this was part of why the old uncle tied the estate up that way too. Henry Dashwood regrets it because he was unable to make "any charge on the estate, or by any sale of its valuable woods". Maybe, if he was the type of man who let money slip through his fingers and whose wife was of no help in that regard, the old uncle was afraid that selling off parts of the estate was exactly what would happen if he left it to his nephew outright?
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