Pride and Prejudice

explain the quote: "A younger son, you know, must be inured to self-denial and dependence."

I know that the eldest son inherits everything from his father but i don't exactly understand the quote as far as a second son's life, marriage, or anything like that.

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Im guessing it would mean that the next male ( possibly son ) will inherit all the wealth or if his daughter gets married i think it goes to the husband but im not 100% sure
Colonol Fitzwilliam is speaking from experience as he IS a younger son and will inherit nothing. He's stating that everyone would love to have their own way, but that only a very lucky few are able to live like that..like those who are rich (like elder sons).