Posted by Kathy F. on August 18, 1998 at 08:49:32:
In response to illegitimacy and entails, etc., written by Linden on August 16, 1998 at 19:43:44
] If this is for a story, perhaps you could give more details of the situation you are imagining.
I was possibly thinking about making _Emma_'s Mrs. Martin a well-concealed "natural daughter" of a wealthy gentleman who either had no other off-spring, or else whose only son had no other children and discovered after his father's death the existence of his half-sister.
Which leads to another question, how would society treat a lower class man who suddenly inherits a vast fortune? (Not my story, but one way of looking at it)--would Miss Bingley throw herself at him for his money, or would she shun him for his background?
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