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Written by Nikki N
(9/14/2013 11:09 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, You have expanded the scope from where I started., penned by Adrian
I said in an earlier post that NA2 seems to show Cath having awkward table manners at her first dinner at the Abbey, as though she's rather rustic which she is not. In the book, her father is a well-to-do gentleman clergyman with considerable private means of his own ("a considerable independence"), as well as two good livings, of which he was patron as well as incumbent, and he was going to give one of the livings to James. Cath is a gentlewoman who is the daughter of a well-to-do clergyman being sponsored in society by a respectable country squire, not the rustic daughter of a struggling clergyman being sponsored by a retired tradesman. NA2 also has Henry tell Cath that they will never be rich because his father disapproves of their marriage -- but in the book, Henry is NOT financially dependent on his father and was secured of "a very considerable fortune" through his mother's marriage settlement, and Cath herself had 3000 pounds as dowry. The Morlands were actually higher than the Thorpes, and the Allans considered James's engagement to Isabella to be great good luck for Isabella who had no fortune at all. Mr and Mrs M were too kind to object to Isabella's lack of fortune, but after it was broken off, Mrs M expressed relief -- both because of Isabella's lack of character and her being "so entirely without fortune".
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