Jane and Elizabeth tried to explain to her the nature of an entail.
There is no knowing how estates will go when once they come to be entailed.
—And what can he mean by apologising for being next in the entail?
You allude, perhaps, to the entail of this estate.
I do think it is the hardest thing in the world, that your estate should be entailed away from your own children; and I am sure, if I had been you, I should have tried long ago to do something or other about it.
For your sake," turning to Charlotte, "I am glad of it; but otherwise I see no occasion for entailing estates from the female line.
The consequence of it is, that Lady Lucas will have a daughter married before I have, and that the Longbourn estate is just as much entailed as ever.
I should be ashamed of having one that was only entailed on me.
If it was not for the entail, I should not mind it.
I never can be thankful, Mr. Bennet, for anything about the entail.
How anyone could have the conscience to entail away an estate from one’s own daughters, I cannot understand; and all for the sake of Mr. Collins too!
Chapter 7 Mr. Bennet’s property consisted almost entirely in an estate of two thousand a year, which, unfortunately for his daughters, was entailed, in default of heirs male, on a distant relation; and their mother’s fortune, though ample for her situation in life, could but ill supply the deficiency of his.
The son was to join in cutting off the entail, as soon as he should be of age, and the widow and younger children would by that means be provided for.
As a clergyman, moreover, I feel it my duty to promote and establish the blessing of peace in all families within in the reach of my influence; and on these grounds I flatter myself that my present overtures are highly commendable, and that the circumstance of my being next in the entail of Longbourn estate will be kindly overlooked on your side, and not lead you to reject the offered olive-branch.
Lady Catherine then observed, "Your father’s estate is entailed on Mr. Collins, I think.