By Sandie Byrne
Who owns, who buys, who provides, and who notices gadgets is often major in Austen's writing, putting characters socially and characterizing them symbolically. Jane Austen's Possessions and Dispossessions appears on the value of items in Austen's significant novels, fragments, and juvenilia.
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Extra resources for Jane Austen’s Possessions and Dispossessions: The Significance of Objects
A. , assuming that she won’t yet have a share of the £7000 that her father had at his disposal. Edward’s maximum initial total income on his marriage therefore, at c. ). a. in interest from her £30,000,2 in addition to the inducement that his mother offers (the income from her Norfolk estate). Edward Copeland notes that Elinor smiles to hear her younger sister ‘describing so accurately’, and so transparently, the exact consumer expenses suited to the potential income of her lover, the soon-to-prove-faithless Willoughby.
The Dashwoods’ first view of their new home is minimalist in terms of colour, texture and other particulars that would distinguish the house as singular. The material of the roof (tile) is given, but there are few other visual clues to the exterior appearance, and the description of the interior is merely in terms of number, position and size of rooms rather than anything more distinctive. Barton Cottage is given one vivid visual image: the cottage has a small gated green ‘court’ at the front (I p.
As every modern biography indicates, Austen’s letters tell a different story. She was keen to make money from her writing, and then to improve that income. 35 A later letter to Cassandra Austen refers to a meeting with Thomas Egerton at which was to be discussed whether or not Jane Austen would ‘hazard’ a second edition of Mansfield Park. 37 A letter to Charles Austen about the will of their uncle James Leigh-Perrot, which disappointed the Austen women’s expectations, shows very clearly Jane Austen’s sense of blighted hopes.
Jane Austen’s Possessions and Dispossessions: The Significance of Objects by Sandie Byrne