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|GR:Ripe old age of 55?
Written by Barbara
(8/10/2003 2:34 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR chapter 2 - annuity discussion, penned by LaurieC
] [Fanny] "...people always live for ever when there is any annuity to be paid them..."
I had also marked these as LOL lines for me, even as I cringed at their total want of every propoer feeling!
] Can someone explain what John means when he says "her life cannot be worth half that purchase," as he is talking about a 40-ish woman? Is he just going with the flow of Fanny's conversation (I am assuming he can't really mean what I think he means)?
I think that's exactly what he means--that she could not be expected to live until age 55! or even to age 50 if he literally means ' half that purchase'
It seems that 55 was thought to be a 'ripe old age' by the younger set, because later in Ch. 8 after they meet Colonel Brandon, Marianne says of the 35 year old colonel: " I know very well that Colonel Brandon is not old enough to make his friends yet apprehensive of losing him in the course of nature. He may live twenty years longer."
This is perhaps not surprising for a teenager to see 55 as being very ancient, but John Dashwood has to be at least 26 years old, and you would think his perspective would be different.
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