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Written by Anna Ruby
(10/8/2008 5:09 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Why "clearly"? I don't think Lady R is a snob, penned by Delories
"From situation, Mrs Clay was, in Lady Russell's estimate, a very unequal, and in her character she believed a very dangerous companion" - what do you take Mrs Clay's "situation" to mean? I take it to mean "social situation", especially since Lady Russell considers her "one who ought to have been nothing to her [Elizabeth] but the object of distant civility".
We are also told that Lady Russell "had a value for rank and consequence, which blinded her a little to the faults of those who possessed them".
From all this I venture to pronounce that Lady Russell thinks highly of social distinctions and doesn't approve Elizabeth's intimacy with Mrs Clay, in a great measure, because of the latter's social inferiority.
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