Gentleman’s Debts in Jane Austen’s Time by Paul Wray

Today Paul Wray discusses how gentlemen dealt with financial debt in Jane Austen’s time.

Jane Austen didn’t tell us about how George Wickham managed “to be in debt to every tradesman” in Meryton without finding himself in legal jeopardy for not paying what he owed. Likewise, at Brighton, Mr. Gardiner tells the family, “He owed a good deal in town, but his debts of honour were still more formidable.”

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