Posted by Myretta on March 19, 1998 at 22:00:10:
In response to Jane Austen's Economic Status?, written by Amy2 on March 19, 1998 at 20:51:16
Hi Amy. We are reading Claire Tomalin's biography of Jane Austen over on the library board. It is pretty clear from this, that, while from "good" families, neither Rev. nor Mrs. Austen had income to support themselves comfortably. Rev. Austen was not only pastor, but farmed land and took in students to make ends meet and, even so, found it necessary to borrow money from relatives. While Edward did become heir to a wealthy family and gave his mother and sisters the bailiff's cottage on his estate in Chawton when they were without a home, they apparently remained the poor relatives.
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