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British Literature

The Clergy in Jane Austen’s Time: A Lucrative Sinecure

July 29, 2022

In the 19th century, there were several professions that a gentleman could adopt. Clergy was one of the most lucrative one. However, the challenging part was not in becoming one, but rather in successfully securing a living. […]

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British Literature

Austenian Heroines and the Right of Primogeniture

July 15, 2022

When it comes to the tradition of primogeniture, Jane Austen’s female protagonists stood no chance. Even though they were educated, they faced constant financial insecurity. Unable to inherit, marriage was their only way out. […]

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British Literature

Class and Economics in Jane Austen’s Novels

July 15, 2022

Understanding the value of British currency, such as a pound, helps the readers know that it was an amount which could potentially be the entire salary of a servant and wasn’t a small sum in the Austenian world. Therefore, a character in the novel, spending a few on a whim would definitely be declaring his status and wealth. […]

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British Literature

Women, Finance, and Marriages in Jane Austen’s Novels

July 7, 2022

Jane Austen’s female characters saw matrimony as a means to secure their and their family’s future. And yet, the laws remained unfair to them. Financially, they were dependent on their husbands, as their property legally belonged to their husband. […]

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