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Written by Stephanie
(11/4/2012 2:57 p.m.)
In ch. 39, Col. Brandon offers Edward, via Elinor, a rectory worth £200 a year. Shapard's annotations say that 'rectory' specifically means that the tithes all go to the rector, rather than being split with the patron. This seems to me to imply a smaller populace, since the total tithes are so low. However, Mrs. Dashwood says that Delaford is a large village, that will have some small house within it for her family.
I am not sure that we should believe Mrs. Dashwood's beliefs, although Elinor is usually able to contradict her when she jumps to conclusions, and she says nothing. So, maybe I am wrong that the rectory amount means the village is small. Can anyone shed light on this curiosity of mine?
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