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Written by Mandy N
(9/17/2013 6:02 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, considerable independence, penned by Nikki N
On receiving James' second letter setting out a comfortable marriage settlement but no expected riches, Isabella does remark Mr Morland is free to do what he wants with his own money... I kind of get an impression she is implying Mr Morland is a tightwad with his money !
Yes, there was a tradition of the family fortune or house going to the eldest son- e.g Frederick Tilney was heir to Northanger Abbey, the Tilney's family home.
As you point out, James Morland is an elder son and I tend to agree, Isabella hoped for a larger portion of Mr Morland's considerable independence.
Now, we know, there are 10 Morland children and Catherine has a dowry of £3,000.
As JA says, the Morlands are not rich but they are certainly not poor. I am thinking Mr Morland has an income larger than Mr Bennet's comfortable income, though the Morlands own twice as many children!
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