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Re: A Jane Austen Price List

June 05, 2017 05:44AM
What a great resource! Thanks so much for all of your hard work, LizzyC!

I do have one very minor tweak to suggest. I think the math could be improved in this section:

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Jane Austen Price List
1,000 pounds — the annual sum on which (or with very little less than which) the Norrises began their married life together. As Mrs. Norris had 350 per annum and Mr. Norris scarcely any private fortune, the income from the parish must be about 650 pounds. As Sir Thomas Bertram describes that as “more than half” of the income which ought to have been Edmund’s, we can reasonably conclude that the income of Thornton Lacey can not have been more than 600 300 pounds.

When Sir Thomas says in Chapter Three of Mansfield Park that Tom's extravagance has denied Edmund of "more than half the income which ought to be his," he is comparing the income attached to the Mansfield living (which had to be sold to Dr. Grant because of Tom's extravagance, rather than held for Edmund) to the income of Thornton Lacey. Sir Thomas would not have been including Mrs. Norris' private income of 350 pounds in that calculation, since that would not have gone to Edmund in any case.

Accepting your calculation that the income attached to the Mansfield living is about 650 pounds, the income from Thornton Lacey should therefore be around 300 pounds. By getting Thornton Lacey instead of the Mansfield living, Edmund has thus been deprived of "more than half the income" of 650 pounds that would have been his, if he had gotten the Mansfield living.


Thanks again for creating this excellent resource!

- Alan -
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DorotheeJune 04, 2017 07:41PM

Edmund's expected living from Thornton Lacey

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