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Written by Nikki N
(7/10/2013 5:56 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Fortunes, penned by bridget D
In P&P, Mrs Benet brought in a dowry of 4,000 pounds and "Five thousand pounds [her 4000 plus 1000 from Mr B] was settled by marriage articles on Mrs. Bennet and the children. But in what proportions it should be divided amongst the latter depended on the will of the parents. This was one point, with regard to Lydia, at least, which was now to be settled" (chap 50). One of the conditions for Wickham marrying Lydia was for Mr Bennet '"to assure to your daughter, by settlement, her equal share of the five thousand pounds secured among your children after the decease of yourself and my sister;"
So it's very possible that the 10,000 pounds was secured among the Elliot daughters, but they would be legally entitled to it only after the death of both parents, but their surviving parent could given the their share earlier e.g. when they married, if he wished.
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