Yes, but No!
Posted by Inko on November 19, 1997 at 18:07:11:
In response to Social Status, written by Constanza on November 19, 1997 at 10:34:45
] If Mr. Bennet was a landed gentleman and Mr. Bingley's fortune was originated in commerce, doesn't it follow that the Bennets' social status was higher than the Bingleys'?
Theoretically you would be correct, except that Bingley has 5000 a year against Mr. Bennet's 2000 a year and, as mentioned in Chapter 4 re. the Bingley sisters:
They were of a respectable family in the north of England; a circumstance more deeply impressed on their memories than that their brother's fortune and their own had been acquired by trade.
After all, it is the Bingley sisters and not Charles Bingley who object to the Bennet's lowly status!
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