But did NA2 actualy say that Mr Allen was a wealthy tradesman or is it just that John T says it, in NA2 and he might be presumed to be mistaken or lying?
I agree it sounds very clumsy if it is the latter. From what I can recall (NA is not my favourite JA novel and I rarely re read it) John T "boosts up" Catherine and says she has a great fortune because he wants to beleive it and thinks it will impress Gen Tilney (who is a rich man and someone he'd like to impress). He problaby does half beleive it himself, becauase he and Isabel are gold diggers and having met the Morlands, are eager to beleive that these new friends are worth cultivating for their money. Mr M has some money, over and above his 2 livings and Isabella has attracted James and is hoping to lure him inot a marriage that will be profitable for her.
I cant' see why John T would be mistaken about Mr ALlens' status to say that he was a rich businessman, really? He's not very smart but he would still be aware surely of Mr A's rank and he would be smart enough ot know that it would sound better if he could say "Miss Morland is going ot inherit the fortune of Mr and Mrs Allen. THey are very well to do gentlefolk who live near her and have no children." rahter than saying that Cath is going ot inherit the wealth of a tradesman?
Im just confused. And Im not sure what is the invisible mustache?