Written by Zoe
(10/24/2003 8:42 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: "Acceptable" trades, penned by Line
] By this standard, Mr. Gardner in P&P should have been quite acceptable - ch. 25 talks about him living within view of his own warehouses, which implies that he was a wholesaler, not a retailer. However, P&P implies that he would not be acceptable to many people, including the Bingley sisters and Darcy (or so Elizabeth thinks at first). Again, is this because AV is talking about a somewhat lower social class than JA?
I believe that it meant to show the snobbery of the Bingley sisters. They ought not to think of him as so very far beneath them as they do, especially when you consider they came from a trade family themselves.
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