Irish life around 1800,
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This is Maria Edgeworth's other volume beside Castle Rackrent dealing with tenant and landlord relations in Ireland around 1800. Her father owned an estate and his daughter helped him to manage it. Both were concerned with what they regarded as the problems caused by absentee landlords. She was making a point that all landlords should reside on their estates and get to know their tenants personally. Many absentee landlords, then as now, were institutions like endowed colleges, charitable institutions and churches, where this would not be possible. Other landlord argued that a good estate manager who knew his business was better than a resident landlord who did not. Anyway, Miss Edgeworth was arguing her case.
As a novelist she was a contemporary of Jane Austen and like her commented on people's foibles. Definitely a book to buy