|The Dashwoods Discuss Harry's Inheritance|
"Well, then, let something be done for them; but that something need not be three thousand pounds. Consider," she added, "that when the money is once parted with, it never can return. Your sisters will marry, and it will be gone forever. If, indeed, it could be restored to our poor little boy-" Sense and Sensibility chapter 2
Event: JASNA CWNY September Meeting
Topic: Law and Inheritance in the Regency
A talk by James Nagle of the Puget Sound Region
When: Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm EDT
Where: Online via Zoom
Welcome to the 2020 edition of JASNA Central and Western New York’s programming. Due to the ongoing Covid crisis, we will be presenting our programs online via Zoom, and we have an exciting lineup of guest speakers and discussions. You can view our fall schedule on the Upcoming Events tab above.
In September, James Nagle will be joining us from the Puget Sound Region via the magic of the internet.
Speaker: James F. Nagle, a member of the Puget Sound Region, is a former secretary of JASNA. A semi-retired lawyer, Jim has spoken at numerous AGMs and to various Regions regarding various aspects of Jane’s life and times.
Topic: Law of Inheritance in Jane Austen’s Time
While Jane Austen’s novels revolve around love, the issues of money and inheritance always seem to be intertwined. A young woman, considering the economic rights and opportunities at the time, had to be especially concerned about marrying prudently in an age where there was no Social Security, Medicare, or pensions as we know them today. This talk will study the concepts of law, property rights, and inheritance, especially primogeniture and entailment, as they affect Jane’s novels. To make the talk even more current, examples will often be used from the hit BBC series, Downton Abbey.
Registration: Pre-registration is required. Limit 100 attendees.
In order to participate, you will need to register by submitting a Google form response. Instructions for this will be sent out shortly. Our Zoom account can only accommodate 100 guests. JASNA members from the Central and Western NY region will get preference for registering, but our region is not that big, so there should be space for JASNA members from other Regions.
If you are not familiar with Zoom, JASNA has provided a nice instruction document which can be found by clicking here.
The law of inheritance drives a large part of the plots in Jane Austen’s novels. It is responsible for the poor prospects of the Bennet sisters in Pride and Prejudice, and it conspires with John and Fanny Dashwood to impoverish the Dashwood sisters in Sense and Sensibility. Please join us to hear James Nagle discuss this subject.