Category Archives: Wealth

A new period of existence

“He had made his fortune, bought his house, and obtained his wife; and was beginning a new period of existence, with every probability of greater happiness than in any yet passed through.”

of Mr. Weston
Emma, volume 1, chapter 2


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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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Prosperity and nothingness

“Such were Elizabeth Elliot’s sentiments and sensations; such the cares to alloy, the agitations to vary, the sameness and the elegance, the prosperity and the nothingness of her scene of life. . .”

Persuasion, volume 1, chapter 1

I love that phrase–“the prosperity and the nothingness.”

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That familiar truth

If we’re going to be talking about money, we have to revisit this old favorite.



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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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Mr. Martin

“I have no doubt that he will thrive and be a very rich man in time–and his being illiterate and coarse need not disturb us.”

Emma’s backhanded compliment of Robert Martin, the farmer Harriet adores
Emma, volume 1, chapter 4

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