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Written by Mandy N
(10/11/2008 4:25 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Trade would be a good possibility too... Thanks for the idea!, penned by JanELT
Low social standing seems a broad based term; Mr Gardiner, snr was lower social standing as an Attorney but able to leave Mrs Bennet £4,000 and presumably his other children were left similar portions.
Sir Walter's main objection to the navy; 'it brings men of obscure birth into undue distinction'.
I suppose some men who acquired wealth were less interested in social mobility- perhaps Mr Gardiner who is not a gentleman but a prosperous merchant.
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