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Money & happiness

Marianne to Elinor

Sense and Sensibility, Vol 1, Ch 17

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What indeed?

“’What have wealth or grandeur to do with happiness?’” [Marianne]

‘Grandeur has but little,’ said Elinor, ‘but wealth has much to do with it.’

‘Elinor, for shame!’ said Marianne; ‘money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to give it.  Beyond a competence, it can afford no real satisfaction as far as mere self is concerned.’

‘Perhaps,’ said Elinor, smiling, ‘we may come to the same point.  Your competence and my wealth are very much alike, I dare say; and without them, as the world goes now, we shall both agree that every kind of external comfort must be wanting.  Your ideas are only more noble than mine.  Come, what is your competence?’

‘About eighteen hundred or two thousand a year; not more than that.’

Elinor laughed. ‘Two thousand a year!  One is my wealth!  I guessed how it would end.’”

Elinor & Marianne discussing with Edward the need of money for happiness
Sense & Sensibility, volume 1, chapter 17 [emphasis mine]

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Which makes me long for more

“You will be glad to hear that every Copy of S.&S. is sold & that it has brought me £140–besides the Copyright, if that should ever be of any value.–I have now therefore written myself into £250.–which only makes me long for more.”

letter to her brother Frank about the success of Sense and Sensibility
July 6, 1813 [86]

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Dear Mrs. Jennings

“It would be an excellent match, for he was rich, and she was handsome. . . . she was always anxious to get a good husband for every pretty girl.”

busybody Mrs. Jennings on why she thinks Marianne and Colonel Brandon should get together
Sense & Sensibility, volume 1, chapter 8

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Isolation and grief

"I have had all this hanging on my mind, without being at liberty to speak of it to a single creature . . ."

Elinor Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility, v. 3, ch. 1

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Self-knowledge (or not)

Such behaviour as this, so exactly the reverse of her own, appeared no more meritorious to Marianne, than her own had seemed faulty to her.

Sense and Sensibility, v. 1, ch. 19

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The idle rich

". . . there was no necessity for my having any profession at all . . ."

Edward Ferrars

Sense and Sensibility, v. 1, ch. 19

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Finding a calling

“We never could agree in our choice of a profession. I always preferred the church, as I still do. But that was not smart enough for my family. They recommended the army. That was a great deal too smart for me.”

Edward Ferrars

Sense and Sensibility, v. 1, ch. 19

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She would have been glad to know when these difficulties were to cease, this opposition was to yield . . .

Sense and Sensibility, v. 1, ch. 19

Elinor waiting for Mrs. Ferrars to give Edward his freedom

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Other points

“But there are other points to be considered besides his inclination.”

Sense and Sensibility, v. 1, ch. 4

(. . . Like his horrible mother.)  More of sensible Elinor

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