Carnival of Personal Finance No. 188: The Jane Austen Edition

Welcome to the 188th Carnival of Personal Finance! Our theme for this week’s edition is Jane Austen, as I am a admirer of both her novels and the films based on her novels, which are graced throughout with witty commentary on society — and in particular, money and marriage.

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Becoming Jane, Anne Hathaway
Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor – which is one very strong argument in favour of matrimony.
Jane Austen, Letter to Fanny Knight, 13 March 1817
Photo: Anne Hathaway as Jane Austen, Becoming Jane (2007), Miramax

~ Editor’s Picks ~

Kate Winslet & Emma Thompson, Sense and Sensibility
If the loss of what is most valued is so easily to be made up by something else, your resolution, your self-command, are, perhaps, a little less to be wondered at.
Marianne Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility
Photo: Kate Winslet & Emma Thompson, Sense & Sensibility, Sony Pictures

~ New Year’s Resolutions ~

Pride and Prejudice, Rosamund Pike
Imprudence or thoughtlessness in money matters would be unpardonable in me.
Jane Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
Photo: Rosamund Pike as Jane, Pride & Prejudice (2005), Working Title

~ Frugality ~

Sense and Sensibility (2008), Janet McTeer
People always live for ever when there is an annuity to be paid them…. An annuity is a very serious business; it comes over and over every year, and there is no getting rid of it.
Fanny Dashwood (in regards to Mrs Dashwood), Sense and Sensibility
Photo: Janet McTeer as Mrs. Dashwood, Sense & Sensibility (2008), BBC Warner

~ Budgeting ~

Pride and Prejudice Working Title
And we mean to treat you all, but you must lend us the money, for we have just spent ours at the shop out there.
Lydia Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
Photo: Brenda Blethyn, Jena Malone & Carey Mulligan,
Pride & Prejudice (2005), Working Title

~ Consumerism & Spending ~

Colin Firth, Pride and Prejudice, BBC/A&E
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
Pride and Prejudice
Photo: Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice (1996), BBC/A&E

~ Money Management ~

Emma and Harriet, Gwyneth Paltrow and Toni Collete
A single woman, with a very narrow income, must be a ridiculous, disagreeable, old maid! the proper sport of boys and girls; but a single woman, of good fortune, is always respectable, and may be as sensbile and pleasant as anybody else….for a very narrow income has a tendency to contract the mind, and sour the temper.
Emma, Emma
Photo: Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma, Emma (1996), Miramax

~ Debt ~

Mansfield Park, Henry and Mary Crawford
A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. It certainly may secure all the myrtle and turkey part of it.
Mary Crawford, Mansfield Park
Photo: Alessandro Nivola & Embeth Davidtz, Mansfield Park (1999), Miramax

~ Career ~

Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northem in Emma
Business, you know, may bring money, but friendship hardly ever does.
John Knightley, Emma
Photo: Jeremy Northem as George Knightley, Emma (1996), Miramax

~ Saving & Investing ~

Bennet Family, Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley
But there are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are pretty women to deserve them.
Mansfield Park
Photo: Bennet family, Pride & Prejudice (2005), Working Title

~ Economy ~

Jennifer Ehle, Pride and Prejudice, BBC/A&E
Pray, my dear aunt, what is the difference in matrimonial affairs, between the mercenary and the prudent motive? Where does discretion end, and avarice begin?
Eizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
Photo: Jennifer Ehle as Lizzy, Pride and Prejudice (1996), BBC/A&E

~ Taxes ~

Carey Mulligan, Northanger Abbey
After all that romancers may say, there is no doing without money.
Isabella Thorpe, Northanger Abbey
Photo: Carey Mulligan as Isabella, Northanger Abbey (2007), WGBH Boston

~ Real Estate & Mortgages ~

Sense and Sensibility, Kate Winslet
Money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to give it.
Marianne Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility
Photo: Kate Winslet as Marianne, Sense & Sensibility (1995), Sony Pictures

~ Reviews ~

Catherine Morland, Felicity Jones, Northanger Abbey
And to marry for money I think the wickedest thing in existence.
Catherine Morland, Northanger Abbey
Photo: Felicty Jones as Catherine, Northanger Abbey (2007), WGBH Boston

~ Other ~

Keira Knightley, Pride and Prejudice
He is rich, to be sure, and you may have more fine clothes and fine carriages than Jane. But will they make you happy?
Mr. Bennet to Lizzy, Pride and Prejudice
Photo: Keira Knightley as Lizzy, Pride & Prejudice (2005), Working Title

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This wraps up the Jane Austen Edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance. I hope you enjoyed the pictures and quotes as much as I did putting them together. Again, be sure to enter our giveaway for a free 6-month print subscription to the Wall Street Journal which ends this Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 11:59PM EST! Thanks for stopping by!

Emma, Gwyneth Paltrow
A Parting Shot
Photo: Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma, Emma (1996), Miramax

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