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Written by Bridget D
(4/19/2013 7:17 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, gentlemanly, penned by Nikki N
Yes of course there was a massive gap between the "peasantry" working people, farmers, small tradespeople, and the very very poor and the upper classes or even the upper middle classes. They would not socialise with Eliz or Darcy, so she would certainly not expect one of thtem to speak to her familiarly and none of them would do it. But Darcy and Eliz were of an equality since in spite of her "vulgar connextions," she would take her rank form her father.. (nad Mrs B's family while not rich or upper class, were still professional people)
Its true that Darcy was richer and had connections to thte nobility but in rank, they were equal.. Even if he had been titled, if he went to a country assembly he should have acted with good manners to the people he met there. He didn't have to dance with everyone, or speak to everyone but there were plenty of people there who were either his equals in rank or only a little below it... and since he chose to participate in their party, he should have acted iwth good manners towards them. In any case the Nobility in the UK have usually mixed and married into the landed gentry, there is no wide gap or barrier to intermarriage, just as the gentry have tended to "shade into" the professional middle classes and wealthy business people. If Darcy is concerned that Liz is beneath him socially and he can't interact with her, why does he interact with Bingley or his sisters, who are CERTAINLY a notch lower in the social scale.
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