seven thousand pounds

Category: Money | Type: Historical | Title: Mansfield Park (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter I

Monetary conversions across two currencies and 200 years are treacherous, yet we can multiply by about 90 to translate £ into $. Thus, Miss Maria Ward would have about $630,000 as dowry. The "only" is ironic: while a great deal of money in itself, it is, her uncle believes, at least £3000 less than the £10,000 a baronet with a large estate can expect. "[G]ood luck," another name here for her beauty and erotic appeal, prevailed.

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