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Written by Tallybalt
(10/30/2013 1:31 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, landed wealth, penned by Bridget D
That Mrs. Ferrars was able to settle the Norfolk estate on the younger son (no entail and suggests a lack of a long Ferrars history of ownership or Edward would have received it on his father's death) and the Norfolk estate was only worth 1,000 pounds a year when the family's wealth was considerably more than that, all implies the real wealth stemmed from other sources. Didn't Fanny herself also inherit 20,000 pounds outright (approximately 1,000/year income)?
Land was bought as investment just as we would buy stock yielding dividends today and commercial families also bought estates as a way to establish themselves (see the Bingleys in PP). Mrs. Ferrars lived predominately in London which further indicates no real connection to a landed heritage.
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