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|Pomp and Circumstance (Ch 20)
Written by BarbaraB
(10/21/2005 6:14 p.m.)
"...the entrance door opened again, and the very party appeared for whom they were waiting. "Lady Dalrymple, Lady Dalrymple!" was the rejoicing sound; and with all the eagerness compatible with anxious elegance, Sir Walter and his two ladies stepped forward to meet her. Lady Dalrymple and Miss Carteret, escorted by Mr. Elliot and Colonel Wallis, who had happened to arrive nearly at the same instant, advanced into the room. The others joined them...and all that remained was to marshal themselves, and proceed into the Concert Room; and be of all the consequence in their power, draw as many eyes, excite as many whispers, and disturb as many people as they could....Very, very happy [was] Elizabeth...as they walked in. Elizabeth, arm-in-arm with Miss Carteret, and looking on the broad back of the Dowager-Viscountess Dalrymple before her, had nothing to wish for which did not seem within her reach;..."
There are many instances where the 'class' system stands out as a ridiculous institution but the above incident particularly highlights the inane heights to which it could be taken. There have always been the 'haves' and 'have nots' and no doubt this will always be so but what a sorry spectacle this is where so much happiness and contentment is dependent on birth, rank and money, where appearances are everything, where character is an afterthought---if it is a thought at all. I mean, SW with nothing better to do but stand at the window counting 'fights and scarecrows'... Yes, it's impossible not to smile/lol when reading this but when taken into account with the whole it is too sad for words---a sorry business.
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