| Quote #1
Mrs. Smith has this morning exercised the privilege of riches upon a poor dependant cousin, by sending me on business to London. I have just received my dispatches, and taken my farewell of Allenham; and by way of exhilaration I am now come to take my farewell of you. (15.3)
Willoughby's excuse for leaving Devonshire is ironclad – after all, in this world, when money says, "Jump," the only possible response is, "How high?"
| Quote #2
"Strange if it would!" cried Marianne. "What have wealth or grandeur to do with happiness?"
Wealth, we see here, means different things to different people. To Elinor (and Edward), it's simply a certain level of comfort – but to Marianne, there's a base level of luxury that she can't imagine herself living without. Of course, this idea is attuned to what her life with Willoughby would be like.
| Quote #3
"I should be puzzled to spend a large fortune myself," said Mrs. Dashwood, "if my children were all to be rich without my help." (17.6)
Mrs. Dashwood's vision of wealth, unlike those of Marianne, aren't self-centered – rather, she sees wealth as an asset to the family, and can't imagine what she would spend money on if not her kids.