livings

Category: Religion | Type: Glossary Word | Title: Northanger Abbey (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 1

He is independently wealthy and in addition has two clerical livings to award or sell to a rector (depending on the living) or vicar as appointments for life, or install a curate, who will occupy it until he finds something better.

If he appoints a curate, the Rev. Morland, who does have ten children, will keep the difference between what the living yields (determined by tax rates and the parish's wealth) and what he pays the curate. The difference could amount to more than £200 or even £300. (Search)

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