Posted by Kathy F. on June 27, 1997 at 15:48:06:
In reply to Re:women and inherited wealth posted by Rita on June 27, 1997 at 13:30:35
] What exactly does wealthy in "her own right" mean in this context. Confusing because inherited wealth was entailed upon the male line and earned wealth was not looked upon as genteel.
I believe that refers to money settled on children other than the first-born son. In P&P, the Bennet girls are to split the money their mother brought into the marriage--5000 pounds. The whole thing was fixed before the marriage, by contract, I believe. I don't think all wealth was entailed away from daughters.
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