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

Sir Thomas has no influence here.

Unlike the Navy, which promoted by merit and/or connections, the Army required a large sum of money to purchase a commission. (The marines were soldiers trained to serve on board ships.) To advance in rank, Price would sell his lieutenancy and add a sum of money to become a captain.

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