Sunday, March 8, 2009

Satirizing Wealth

“Charles is very rich I am sure; when a man has once got his name in a banking-house he rolls in money; but they do not know what to do with it, keep very little company, and never go to London but on business.” (V).

Austen’s satirical writing style shows through at this moment, when Lady Susan is discussing her attitude toward her brother-in-law, Charles’ wealth.  Austen uses Lady Susan’s lust for wealth to show how money is the most important thing in many people’s lives.  Austen has captured a timeless truth with Lady Susan’s desire for money.  Lady Susan believes that men are capable of earning money, but not capable of properly spending it, which is the job of a woman.

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