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Written by Tess
(9/17/2012 12:29 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Worth half the purchase, penned by Ramya
The average life expectancy was surely lower than it is today. But how much lower? I agree that casually expecting someone to die at 55 sounds alarming today, but perhaps we have been spoiled by modern hygiene and medicine! Fanny cannot be acting pessimistic, because, as you say, that would be hurting her case. She is probably sincere here, and if that's the case, people really did die at 55 normally. (I don't actually have information on the subject, though.)
I just had another thought... Marianne's comment that "[Colonel Brandon] may live twenty years longer." Nobody contradicts her. Elinor argues with her about the Colonel's capacity to feel, her mother laughingly corrects her as to his current state of health, but nobody seems to have any objection as to her predictions on how long he may live. Coolonel Brandon is thirty five. "Twenty years longer" would make him about fifty five, as well.
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