Posted by Kathy F. on September 24, 1997 at 08:23:28:
In response to Most of It Would Stay, written by Cassia on September 22, 1997 at 17:33:32
] The widow was usually allowed to take personal property and household items could be part of these. Think of SS, the Mr John Dashwoods complain because Mrs Dashwood take the best silver and crockery. A lot would depend on how the will, entail, or strict settlement was worded: "house and contents" then everything except peronal property and personal gifts from husband to wife would stay. If limited to "house" household goods could all go.
] Why? Because in a non-throw-away socitey all of these things would be expensive and well worth preserving for another generation.
I think that in S&S (I might be wrong, and probably am), the main reason that Mrs. Dashwood was able to keep so much is that it was not part of Norland Estate, as they inherited it from the uncle, but rather it was stuff that they had purchased for themselves for either their place before they inherited Norland, or afterwards.
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