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Written by Barbara
(9/22/2012 12:04 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs. Dashwood’s plans for Barton Cottage, penned by amytat
I always get the impression she was dreaming about it, rather than having any real intention of doing it. In a way it's like how people now pin all these pictures 'For my future home!' on Pinterest. I'd need to win 10 lotteries to afford all the stuff I have pinned on mine--but it's still fun to dream about it.
The line following her 'plans' for renovating is very telling:
"In the mean time, till all these alterations could be made from the savings of an income of five hundred a-year by a woman who never saved in her life, they were wise enough to be contented with the house as it was;"
Mrs. Dashwood says, "Perhaps in the spring, if I have plenty of money, as I dare say I shall, we may think about building."
"I shall see how much I am before-hand with the world in the spring, and we will plan our improvements accordingly." Even though she and her husband never managed to save anything off a year's income at Norland, she expects to get that far ahead in only 6 months?
Also, when they accepted Sir John's offer in Ch. 5, they took the lease for only a twelvemonth. I'm sure her cousin would be happy to extend the lease, but still those are big plans for a home you might only be in for a few more months after the renovations were done.
I'm sure no one took what she said at all seriously and just chalked it up to one of her flights of fancy.
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