Posted by Bill K on July 16, 1997 at 21:15:58:
In reply to Re: The conversion factor posted by Elaine A. on July 16, 1997 at 16:37:27
At the Regency Repository Web Page, a link that is provided at this site, 1 English pound of the Regency day was deemed equivalent to $25 in 1970. If you factor in a 3% annual inflation for 27 years, it would be worth $55.50 today. According to this, Darcy made over 1/2 million current US dollars a year.
The problem I have with that is that such a minimal income would never allow one to keep up a property such as Pemberley, even if one drastically cut the number of servants required to service it. I'd say Ann's $1M is a minimal figure, but I would say something closer to $5M would be required annually to provide one with the type of living and lodging to which Darcy was accustomed, a figure that goes up to $10M if Pemberley were to be located somewhere like Malibu, Aspen or Vail. ;-)
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