Follow the money. That’s always the good advice when
solving a mystery.
The marriage settlement between Laura Fairlie and Sir Percival Glyde
involves 20,000 pounds. If she dies, her husband would inherit
20,000 pounds. We’re in England, you know. And the book
was written in 1860. I wondered how much 20,000 pounds might be
worth today and if it was worth my worrying over—was Sir Percival
marrying Laura for her money?
Ha-ha-ha! It would be worth 14 million dollars today. Sir P might
just be tempted to arrange for Laura’s death! He’s a slick one.
By the way! Coincidence!! Jane Eyre also inherited 20,000 pounds
in her book in 1847. Seems like a nice round number for the novelists
to use I guess.
OK, I’ll try to just read the book and not bother you anymore. But I
thought you might like to think about that money issue.