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Re: Colonel Fitzwilliam's fortune

July 04, 2018 10:50PM
Sarah Waldock Wrote:
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> I agree with the estimates for Rosings and Pemberl
> ey, though I would suggest that a lot of Darcy's w
> ealth is tied up in land, and the 10k is his dispo
> sable income.
> Colonel Fitzwilliam did lament that he could not a
> fford to marry, and as the second son, what he get
> s is what his father is allowed to will to him; wh
> ich as most estates of that size would be entailed
> , might be relatively little. I presume he is a c
> avalry colonel, which means he has to spend out on
> I think it was a minimum of four horses and their
> care and stabling. Keeping a horse as a civilian
> was around £100 a year, but keeping cavalry horses
> in fighting fit style, not to mention the probabil
> ity of needing hunters as well in order to to be a
> part of the social scene of the other officers wou
> ld start to add up to a tidy sum. Of course, not
> being able to afford a wife is pretty relative, wh
> en one considers that a clerk or junior solicitor
> would be keeping his family on £80 a year [the Bob
> Cratchitts of the world].
> I would suggest if you want him to be wealthier, y
> ou might make him the recipient of a legacy from a
> maternal uncle, perhaps one who was packed off to
> India for unspecified misdeeds. I believe at the
> time of P&P the returns on a lump sum placed in th
> e Funds was 4% P.A.


I have never taken Colonel Fitzwilliam at his word that he could not afford to marry. It was a convenient excuse to a pretty and engaging woman but one who did not strike his fancy enough for him to commit to her. More out of desire than necessity, the colonel wanted a woman of connections and money. Elizabeth called it correctly. He, as the second son of an earl, had a value in himself that could fetch a pretty penny in the marriage market. Why waste it on a nice but nothing girl? At least, to the colonel's way of thinking.

I always wonder at fanfics so eager to recast him as a hero and even better than Darcy. I think he was good as men of his time came but he was no exemplar of honor and sensitivity such as Darcy.
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