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Written by Tess
(9/18/2012 4:19 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, A life interest for the girls?, penned by Barbara
I don't see a problem with your scenario. Imagine the reverse situation. Mrs Dashwood and Sir John have died. Old Aunt Margaret only has three thousand pounds (one plus her share from her mother's inheritance). What is she going to do? Starve? And I did propose other options, like the girls' being provided with better dowries, or drawing income only until they get married.
About the boy's cuteness not being a factor, I think Jane Austen was straightforward when she was describing how it outweighed the affection of the nieces. Agree to disagree I guess. I don't think it was neccessarily the main factor. It's just, we don't know anything about the old gentleman's character, so it's impossible to know for sure what he was thinking.
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