"A legacy, Maria, is not quite the same thing.
The legacy which outranks all the others in disastrous consequences is the notion that the young people must begin where their parents left off; that the house must be, if anything, a little more elaborate.
When he died the only legacy he left to his brother was a boy of four years of age, entreating him, with his last breath, "Be anything you like to him, Godfrey, but a fatheror, at least, such a one as I have proved.
My devotion to my legal studies had already brought me a mild distinction; the paternal legacy was a good nest-egg for the incubation of wealth,in short, I was a fair, respectable "party," desirable to the humbler mammas, and not to be despised by the haughty exclusives.
What a precious legacy to the mind of the world was the book of "Ecclesiastes," yet by what bitter experiences was its wisdom earned!
The legacy was five thousand dollars, at four per cent., an income of two hundred dollars a year.