Mr Ferrars wealth
Written by Bridget D
(9/5/2013 5:28 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, knight?, penned by Nikki N
It was unusual to leave one's fortune to one's wife, but not unheard of. If Mr F only had a modest fortune when he made his will, and left only £2000 to Edward he must still have reviewed it, when he came to leave the bulk of it to his wife. So I would say that he is a gentleman, and that he had a good fortune, possibly added to by marrying a rich wife, who ws the daughter of a rich man herself. And possibly he added to by having a clever wife, like Mrs F who helped him to increase it.
The fact of his having left annuities to old servants speaks to me of "old money" and of "old fashioned" ideas of being kindly to elderly servants who had served his family for a long time..
We are also told that "Sir Robt" wanted Edward to go to a public school not Mr Pratt's little place which seems to me to indicate that he was of genteel stock as well.. but he was probalby an arrogant selfish type like Mrs F, Fanny and Robert.
I woudl say that the reason Mr F left his money to his wife was taht Edward was young when he died and that Mr F beleived that Mrs F was a shrewd woman with skil at managing money, who would be good at holding and increasing teh family fortune and that she would eventually divide it up fairly between her sons.