'A hundred and five pounds a year,'

Category: Money | Type: Historical | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: I Am Born

Assuming the year is about 1812, I estimate (and it's a murky, uncertain business) that the amount in current U.S. dollars would be arrived at by multiplying by some 80-90, or $8400-$9450 per year (Search money). This is not a princely sum yet it bought more then. Clara Copperfield has few expenses other than food for herself and Peggoty, Peggoty's wages, which could be £10 per year, clothes. We learn later that Mrs. Copperfield owns the house. She does not keep a horse and carriage (a large expense that would also require a driver and/or groom)  and lives a simple life in a small village.

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