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|That statement surprises me because of Mr Collins occupation
Written by AnnetteJ
(4/30/2010 8:26 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, It was business rather than pleasure, certainly, penned by kathleen (elder)
As a clergyman of the established church (and we assume he is CofE), why wouldn't he and his wife be included with the gentry? By mid-19th century clergy would be considered middle class; earlier than that a career in the church would be often the choice for a younger son, and wouldn't be considered as being in "trade." Is it the lack of money that keeps them from associating with the gentry? And I wouldn't assume that everyone they are NOT meeting is endowed with a superior intellect.
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