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How poor was Jane Fairfax, really?

October 20, 2015 01:26PM
I always imagine her as poor as the proverbial church mouse, but really? Obviously, the poorest she could be was "completely", but how much money could she reasonably have had?
She would probably have gotten not much from her mother's side unless their fortunes reversed after the Bates-Fairfax wedding, so best-case Mrs. Fairfax got a couple hundred ££ in her dowry? And would it all be spent by the time she died?
The Fairfax side of the family isn't even mentioned, and Jane was raised by friends of her parents (right? wouldn't it have been mentioned if Mrs. Campbell was Jane's aunt?), so either the Fairfaxes were also without the money to raise Jane (my original thought) or they were too geographically distant to take her in, or were just plain dead, in which case Jane might not be poor after all, esp if Jane was the only one to inherit "everything." And wouldn't her father's survivors have received a widow's/orphan's pension when he died? (What is that? £10? £50? Lump sum or annuity? How long does it last?)
Then there's the Campbells. Obviously they could have spent all of Jane's money on dresses and tutors, etc, so that by the time she reached her majority and they cast her aside, she was destitute. Or! They could have set aside an additional sum on her birthday or Christmas every year and invested it wisely along with her original inheritance (little bits get bigger with compound interest) so she wasn't so desperate as to accept the first job she received.
Anyway, what is a sane upper bound for Jane Fairfax to have when she married Frank Churchill?
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How poor was Jane Fairfax, really?

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CinthiaOctober 22, 2015 04:54PM

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