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|The meaning of "fashion"
Written by Line
(5/16/2010 9:54 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Strangers, fashion, and consequence, penned by Connie
I agree it's hard to pin down what JA meant by "fashion" in phrases like "people of fashion". I wonder if definition no.8 (!) in the 1812 edition of Johnson's Dictionary (thanks again, Graciela!) might be useful:
"Rank; Condition above the vulgur"
This reminds me of our first description of Mr. Hurst, who "merely looked the gentleman". I wonder if "fashion" meant that you could tell just by looking at someone that they were of a certain social class? That's my best guess, anyway.
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