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Quote #4

You were very popular before you came, because you were Mr. Weston's son—but lay out half a guinea at Ford's, and your popularity will stand upon your own virtues. (24.14)

Money makes the world go ‘round. And Highbury is definitely part of the real world.

Quote #5

Even the most trivial financial exchanges open the possibility for larger financial worth.
The rich brother-in-law near Bristol was the pride of the alliance, and his place and his carriages were the pride of him. (32.16)

In Austen’s world, it’s impossible to be well-respected without all the trappings of well-to-do gentlefolk, but it’s also impossible if the trappings are all that you possess.

Quote #6

Blessed with so many resources within myself, the world was not necessary to me. I could do very well without it. (32.35)

Oh, the lies we tell to look good in front of our friends! Mrs. Elton has to convey the fact that she’s not settling for less than she could get when she married Mr. Elton, and declaring that she doesn’t need big rooms is one way to do it.

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