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|Rescuing Mrs Brandon & supporting young Eliza.
Written by Rachel G
(10/14/2012 7:00 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ch. 31, penned by Stephanie
"(Colonel Brandon) has not inherited yet, and somehow has the money to pay her debts, put her into comfortable lodgings, with nursing care, and, afterwards, to support little Eliza."
I don't think CB would have found it too difficult to meet the expense of rescuing Mrs Brandon and supporting young Eliza at school.
If he did not have sufficient money to cover Mrs Brandon's debts then he would have had to borrow, but would have paid off the debt as soon as possible. We know from his stewardship of Delaford that he is financially prudent. He does not spend what money he has on a lavish lifestyle - wine and women, hunters and curricles.
I'm sure he provided Mrs b with the best care he could afford, but it would not have been for very long, as this passage shows:
The Colonel then supported young Eliza at school. I imagine this would have been at a respectable but modest establishment such as Mrs Goddard's school in 'Emma', rather than an overpriced fashionable academy for young ladies like the one attended by Charlotte Jennings.
Bear in mind that although the Colonel was not then a wealthy man, he did not have the to meet the expenses of maintaining a home, and a wife and children.
He probably inherited some money of his own after the death of his mother, and again when his father died, even though Delaford and the lion's share of the family's money went to his elder brother.
He also had his Army pay. The link below from the trusty L&T archives gives some information about relative incomes of military men and others at various levels of society.
I'm sure the Colonel would have starved and dressed in rags if necessary, rather than fail to provide for Mrs Brandon and young Eliza.
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