Its in the first volume.
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Edward is both financially and emotionally dependant on his mother. She has privately educated him yet he has no specific profession. She wants him to be someone of importance and class but she isn't clear on exactly how. The Dashwood's think Edward should be more independent and have a specific career,
"I think, Edward," said Mrs. Dashwood, as they were at breakfast the last morning, "you would be a happier man if you had any profession to engage your time ...