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|Wealth building v. social climbing
Written by LaurieC
(9/19/2004 5:35 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Social Climbing, penned by Golda
Are they not also trying to social climb at the same time? I am very possibly confused on this distinction, since I'm only up to chapter six. I think I'm getting the idea by the opening line--"Those privileged to be present at a family festival...", as if the Forsytes view themselves as an exclusive club, and the attitude of "old Jolyon set small store by the class to which he belonged." It seems an awkward social position to be in, and maybe the Forsytes are confused as well, where you belong to a class you hope to break free of. I know I'm not explaining this well! I'll see if I can come up with better examples and report back. :-)
BTW, here's a line I had to laugh at, since Groucho Marx said something similar: "He naturally despised the Club that did take him."
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