five hundred a-year

Category: Money | Type: Historical | Title: Sense and Sensibility (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 2

For four women of this class, an annual income of £125 per person requires the utmost frugality.

As it happens Austen is being prophetic or writing from her worst fears, for in 1805 her father dies, leaving his widow, Cassandra, and Jane with £200 per year. Some of their brothers contribute to raise their income to £450. One son owns a quite substantial "cottage," and the three live there.

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