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Written by Nikki N
(5/13/2013 6:29 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Thorpes fortune, penned by Sonja K.
Certainly the Morlands were in no means beneath the Thorpes, but rather above them. The Allens' reaction when James and Isabella became engaged -- "on the gentleman’s side, in favour of Isabella’s beauty, and on the lady’s, of her great good luck." (chap 15) -- they considered Isabella lucky to get James and commented on her beauty. And when Isabella realized Capt Tilney was merely trifling with her, she was anxious to get James back -- Capt T would have been a most brilliant match for her indeed, while James was a very fair or moderately good match for a girl in her circumstances. And John Thorpe was disappointed and bitter when James refused to take Isabella back -- that was why he maliciously misrepresented the Morlands as poor and scheming to Gen Tilney.
It's not clear about John Thorpe's own fortune, but I don't think he had much, though unlike his sisters, he had something. The mercenary Isabella did not blame Catherine when she thought Catherine had previously encouraged her brother but threw him over because of Henry Tilney's better fortune and prospects (chap 18).
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