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|GR: Fanny and John's curious logic
Written by Candice Michelle
(8/12/2003 9:13 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR-Fanny's Award Winning Sigh, penned by BarbaraB
] Ch 5--"Mrs. John Dashwood saw the packages depart with a sigh: she could not help feeling it hard that as Mrs. Dashwood's income would be so trifling in comparison with their own, she should have any handsome article of furniture."
This, along with the conversation in chapter 2 (Patricularily JD: "[W]hatever I may give them occasionally will be of far greater assistance than a yearly allowance, because they would only enlarge their style of living if they felt sure of a larger income, and would not be sixpence the richer for it at the end of the year." and FD: "They will live so cheap! Their housekeeping will be nothing at all. They will have no carriage, no horses, and hardly any servants; they will keep no company, and can have no expences of any kind!"), makes me worder at the circular and convuluted reasoning that Fanny and John use.
When speaking of their own money (or Harry's inheritance) nothing will ever be enough, because without money, they will not be able to support their standard of living. Yet, when speaking of the Miss Dashwoods' money, a very small amount will be sufficient, because they will simply have a very low standard of living! And if they had more money, they might do something foolish, like increase their standard of living.
Those two really are too much!!
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