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Written by BarbaraB
(9/22/2012 10:48 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Lies and greed, penned by Glenn
Greed is always a great motivator isn't it?
What makes it worse is that while the practice of strict settlements economically and dynastically kept property intact throughout the generations, philosophically and morally it was supposed to be for the good of the family: "the whole history of [strict] settlements can only be made intelligible if we remember that although the family as such was not treated as a legal entity by the common law, which dealt only in individual property rights, landed society did nevertheless view property as ultimately belonging to the family in some moral sense, and the legal system reflected this.?" A.W. Simpson in his History of Land Law (1986) Sir Thomas thinks nothing of helping the Prices and they aren't even his blood relatives. When you consider that John was dealing with the woman who helped raise him and his sisters, this all just brings into focus more fully what a greedy, dishonorable man John Dashwood was.
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