|GR: Astutely observed
Written by KerstinM
(10/25/2003 5:29 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Attitude toward the aristocracy, penned by Line
Quite true. I didn't realize it before I read that book but it makes a lot of sense to me and explains why a Cholderlos de Laclos could depict such a depraved upper class where evryone has just tons of extramarital affairs and JA described such a tame one where such things seldom happened-but the people JA described are genteel, not aristrocratic (and I always thought that this is the same!). I simply threw upper class and aristrocracy in one box. But it's very important to distinguish the two. I also think that a lot of the marriages à là mode took only place in the aristrocracy where marriages still were arranged.
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