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Written by Nikki N
(2/11/2013 9:54 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Parish-that is true !, penned by Mandy N
Fanny would not suggest that John's sisters work as governesses; her argument that John need not give any money to his sisters and their mother was that they had enough to live comfortably with 500 a year -- chap 2 --
"Do but consider, my dear Mr. Dashwood, how excessively comfortable your mother-in-law [stepmother] and her daughters may live on the interest of seven thousand pounds, besides the thousand pounds belonging to each of the girls, which brings them in fifty pounds a-year a-piece, and, of course, they will pay their mother for their board out of it. Altogether, they will have five hundred a-year amongst them, and what on earth can four women want for more than that?"
500 a year may be a comfortable income for many people who had not been used to anything better, but for ladies who had been used to having 4,000 a year, it was very much a reduction -- 1/8 of what they had been accustomed to. (Imagine if Darcy had his income suddenly reduced from 10,000 a year to 1,250 a year). And that 4,000 a year from the Norland estate had gone to John, who already before that had a comfortable income from his mother's fortune! He should have done something for his sisters. And Fanny expected the three girls to pay their mother for their board!
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