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Sense and Sensibility
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  • Certainly not; but if you observe, people always live for ever when there is an annuity to be paid them; and she is very stout and healthy, and hardly forty.
  • It has given me such an abhorrence of annuities, that I am sure I would not pin myself down to the payment of one for all the world.
  • An annuity is a very serious business; it comes over and over every year, and there is no getting rid of it.
  • And the bulk of your fortune would be laid out in annuities on the authors or their heirs.
  • I have known a great deal of the trouble of annuities; for my mother was clogged with the payment of three to old superannuated servants by my father’s will, and it is amazing how disagreeable she found it.
  • Twice every year these annuities were to be paid; and then there was the trouble of getting it to them; and then one of them was said to have died, and afterwards it turned out to be no such thing.
  • That is very true, and, therefore, I do not know whether, upon the whole, it would not be more advisable to do something for their mother while she lives, rather than for them—something of the annuity kind I mean.
  • I believe you are right, my love; it will be better that there should by no annuity in the case; whatever I may give them occasionally will be of far greater assistance than a yearly allowance, because they would only enlarge their style of living if they felt sure of a larger income, and would not be sixpence the richer for it at the end of the year.

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  • The annuity does not increase with inflation.
  • The annuity is fixed and insured, but if the economy gets bad enough, the annuity can decrease.

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