Posted by The Mysterious H.C. on July 16, 1997 at 17:01:41:
In reply to The value of money. posted by Tilde Binger on July 16, 1997 at 04:04:52
] In P&P, Mr. Bingley has the enormous sum of "5000 a year", but Mr. Darcy has the double. Appearantly this sum was more than sufficient for living comfortably, with a town-house as well as a country-seat, multiple servants, coaches, etc. etc (Mrs Bennet "Oh, what jewels, what carriages you will have"). BUT, how much would it equal in todays money?
A simple constant "conversion" factor would actually not be all that useful for a number of reasons (some of which have been mentioned by Ann. There's some discussion of this issue in the Austen-L "Pre-FAQ" at http://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/pre-faq.txt.
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