Yes, and doesn’t Anne herself give up money when she decides to marry Gilbert and not that other guy she was engaged to while she was in college? (Can’t think of that guy’s name, but I think he came from a wealthy family.)
No, that part of the plot, where Valancy goes to take care of his pregnant daughter who is a “fallen woman” is not part of Ladies. I’m thinking that since it was Valancy’s sort of statement of independence, it wasn’t needed in addition to the plot to “overthrow” the men, which was Missy’s similar statement.
P.S. I’m glad you are enjoying the thread. Tell me, were you aware of the supposed similarity in the books when you read them? If not, did you notice it?