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|My point is that to Lady Russell
Written by Anna Ruby
(10/9/2008 3:42 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, If there are class distinctions,, penned by CarolTS
rank means a lot, as we can evince from the text, and that rank is one of the main reasons for her disapprobabtion of Mrs Clay as a companion for Elizabeth (another reason is that Elizabeth slights her worthier sister Anne for Mrs Clay, as I have written in my previous post).
I don't mean to say that Lady Russell is a "snob" in the modern sense of the word (I don't know what connotation it might have had in Jane Austen's time), I was just replying to Delories' post, but that she is very attentive to social distinctions and this influences her opinion of Mrs Clay, as I think is evinced from the passages I have already quoted.
About the Musgroves: they might not have the background of the Elliots but they are just a step behind them: their landed property and general importance are second in that country only to Sir Walter's himself, therefore their situation is not comparable to a mere Mr Shepherd. It is like saying that if Anne couldn't get the very best, second best would do.
To sum up: Lady Russell might dislike Mrs Clay as a companion to Elizabeth for her character, but I think it even more evident that she dislikes her for her inferior social position.
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