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Written by Margaret C
(7/31/2013 3:58 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs. Grant, penned by Stephanie
If she had continued at the Mansfield parsonage until her husband died, it might have been less well for her, but a stall in Westminster would have given Dr Grant not only the income for the turkey and the myrtle, but the need to find accommodation for his wife. So "she had again a home to offer Mary" and it could well be kept as part of her jointure, with herself not being obliged to leave it after making her improvements, and her beautiful sister never having to endure a dull moment, and be always able to access her dearest friends without the obligation of keeping up a correspondence.
I can't help thinking she is better off without Dr Grant - for all his confidence in her judgement, he does not treat his excellent wife well.
I give her at least ten years of putting together institutionary dinners and elegant entertainments for the purpose of matching her sister with dashing representatives and idle heir–apparents. Whether Mary became a confirmed old maid or her sisters genius for match making was confirmed with Mary finally consenting to become the second wife of an octogenarian Mr Tanqueray (with wealth ten times beyond the wildest claim her £20,000 ever entitled her to and an amiable, if slightly dicky, heart), it would all be good for Mrs Grant.
Life in London would be quite different to the sweets of her retired country garden, but her "happiness of disposition must in any place, and any society, secure her a great deal to enjoy" and once removed from the environs of Mansfield, I am sure there would be no barriers to Henry visiting often, and when Dr Grant dies, she might even have the opportunity to visit beloved Everingham once more, and give her brother the benefit of her improving eye.
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