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|Letter 78: Another class distinction?
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(2/11/2013 7:27 p.m.)
In letter 78, JA wrote that "Dame G. (was) pretty well", and it sounds like she was one of the poor people they were visiting and giving gifts to. Was a lower-class woman likely to be called "Dame" where someone of their own class would rate a "Mrs.", I wonder, or did the word have a specific meaning I don't know about?
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