"I t is a truth universally acknowledged ," Jane Austen begins Pride and Prejudice , "that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." In early-19th-century society—an aristocratic world of inherited wealth—marriage occupied center stage. A good spouse was an all-purpose resource: essential for moving up in the world, as for Austen's heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, or for sustaining a dynasty, as for the object of her affections, Mr. Darcy. School and work were not a path to wealth and status—certainly not for women, nor even for men. Elites were indifferent to education and disdained work. The landed gentry in Pride and Prejudice look down on Elizabeth's working uncle, no matter that he gets his income from "a very respectable line of trade." The economic facts on the ground supported their antipathy. The highest-paying jobs tended to be in government. But even at the end of the century, an elite English civil servant made just 17.8 times the median wage, and his American counterpart just 7.8 times. Mr. Darcy's £10,000 a year from inherited capital was more than 300 times the median wage. Courtship and marriage were as ruthless as schooling was casual…. Read full this story
- Rachel Cusk: 'Divorce is only darkness'
- Learn the fun way
- Vivianne Miedema makes WSL history as ruthless Arsenal punish sorry Spurs
- Things To Learn: Recovery, not Jurkovec, the correct narrative for Notre Dame at Boston College
- The extremely weird story of a remote-learning company that’s making parents livid
- Technical competitions held online
- Mark Cuban on Breitbart News Daily: ‘I Learn from People Who Disagree with Me’
- Oke-Odo Senior High School wins Lagos Debate Competition
- Our Views: Intervention by UL colleges to get former students back for their degrees
- Tua Tagovailoa reveals what he learned from first NFL start
How College Became a Ruthless Competition Divorced From Learning have 305 words, post on www.theatlantic.com at May 6, 2021. This is cached page on Vietnam Art News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.