Category Archives: Money Matters

Entailment of Property in Early 19th Century England

By Marvin Payne (appearing as Mr. Bennet in BYU’s Pride and Prejudice) [Most of this is edited from something John Hopfner wrote in a post to pemberley.com on 22 September 1996. My intrusions will appear in brackets. After apologizing for … Continue reading

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The Life and Options of 19th Century Women

By Aubrey Reynolds (appearing as Jane Bennet in BYU’s Pride and Prejudice) The social anthropology in eighteenth century England was intricate and in flux. It presents a clash between two social elements namely, class and gender. Additionally, the social caste … Continue reading

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The Anglican Clergy in Jane Austen’s Novels

By Jacob Swain (appearing as Mr. Collins in BYU’s Pride and Prejudice) The clergy occupy an essential place in Jane Austen’s work, even more than the Royal Navy, because Jane Austen’s father himself was a clergyman, as were her brother … Continue reading

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Mrs. Bennet’s M.O.

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The Purchase of a Military Commission

Edited by Anne Flinders, dramaturg The purchase of officer commissions in the British Army was a common practice through most of its history. Commissions could only be purchased in cavalry and infantry regiments (and therefore up to the rank of … Continue reading

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Monetary Equivalencies Between 1811 and Today

Compiled by Anne Flinders, dramaturg Pride and Prejudice has a lot to say about money (or at least Mrs. Bennet does). Goods tended to be much dearer in the early 1800s, while labor was much cheaper. And people didn’t buy … Continue reading

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