Posted by Terese on September 04, 1997 at 23:25:30:
In response to John Dashwood as a good parti, written by Marsha on September 04, 1997 at 22:48:24
] ] ...why the Ferrars family accepted John Dashwood as a husband for Fanny but refused to consider Elinor as an acceptable mate for Edward. What did John Dashwood have upon his marriage to Fanny that made him such a prize? He didn't inherit until his father died - and that could have taken years longer then it did. And I don't imagine that the Ferrars's knew what the settlement was going to be upon Mr. Dashwoods death; which would not give them any indication of how much John Dashwood would inherit as opposed to how much his sisters would inherit.
] ] So what gives? Fanny Dashwood and Mrs. Ferrars really gave Elinor the cold shoulder (and worse), but she was John's sister.
] ] Can anyone clue me in?
] I think in the beginning of the book it says that John's mama was wealthy and money was settled on her son. Plus, even though his inheriting could take years, he will finally inherit. The Dashwood girls will never inherit anything. And maybe it's the attitude of "it might be good for my daughter (they never got as much money), but it's not good enough for my eldest son!"
] Or maybe Mrs Ferrars saw a kindred soul in Fanny!
"Plus, even though his inheriting could take years, he will finally inherit." - BUT, that wasn't known till the old uncle died! Which was after Mr. John was already married to Fanny and had a son; - but nontheless, my point is this - regardless of fortune (IMO), a man's sister should be considered as his equal in their class structure. So I'm still confused.
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