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Written by Ramya
(1/26/2011 5:18 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Emma’s snobbery, penned by Robbin
Mr. Weston had only recently became a landowner when he purchased Randalls (Ch. 2). So, he wasn't landed when Emma "planned" the match between Mr. Weston and Miss Taylor. After all, there is no indication that Emma ever treated Mrs. Weston as a servant.
However, the term "second set" does seem to suggest a lower status for the Bateses and Mrs. Goddard- whether to society in general, or to Emma in particular, is unclear. However, Emma is definitely snobbish in her attitude towards the Martins.
[Mr. Woodhouse] had not much intercourse with any families beyond that circle; his horror of late hours and large dinner-parties made him unfit for any acquaintance, but such as would visit him on his own terms. Fortunately for him, Highbury, including Randalls in the same parish, and Donwell Abbey in the parish adjoining, the seat of Mr. Knightley, comprehended many such. Ch. 3
I am curious to know whether there are other people with whom the Woodhouses infrequently socialized or this was it.
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