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They were all of them warm in their admiration; and at that moment she felt that to be mistress of Pemberley might be something" (Ch. 43)
“And of this place,” thought she, “I might have been mistress!" (Ch. 43).
Property means respect and social station. Without money, women like Elizabeth and her sisters are at the mercy of those around them...... they hope to make the best possible marriage, but are limited in their prospects....... unless of course...... people fall in love.