Exactly my question...and my specualtion
Written by Mandy N
(9/17/2013 4:52 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, JOhn THorpe, penned by Bridget D
I can't comprehend any real idea why John Thorpe would ever want Gen. Tilney to believe Mr Allen had a trade fortune.
John, who seems to believe his own blustering, did want General Tilney to believe the Morlands well connected in society and Catherine was the Allen heiress... But it doesn't answer our question why NA2 changed Mr Allen's economic wealth (and also social class)
In an earlier discussion on the question, one poster suggested NA2's Mr Allen as a retired tradesman, may, to some degree explain Mrs Allen's love of latest fashion and knowledge of clothes- and in the canon, Mrs Allen does boast of knowing the best shops in Bath. (although they don't appear to know anyone in Bath!)
But despite NA2's Mrs Allen as stylish in lovely costumes, hats and accessories- we don't know what the Trade was meant to be.
I have to put it down as one of the vagaries of NA2 and speculate Trade was AD's way to draw the attention of a modern audience to Mr Allen having a 'proper' fortune- plus John's notion Mr Allen had no-one to spend it on but Catherine.
I have no idea if this ties in with Adrian's notion of AD not liking 'the invisible mustache in plot construction(? )