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Written by DeborahAnn
(1/13/2004 3:46 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Clogs to clogs..., penned by Linden
My edition was edited by Vivian Jones and contains notes from Chapter 4 that references The Jane Austen Handbook edited by J David Grey and the English Landed Society of the Eighteenth Century,GE Mingay..
In the General Notes about Social Class says that the term "'pseudo-gentry' is used to describe a group comprising trade and professions who aspired to the lifestyle of the traditional rural gentry and whose growing fortunes often meant that they could afford to buy into it by aquiring property--as the Bingleys are seeking to do at the beginning of the novel"..
The Bingleys aquired wealth would put them in 3rd class in terms of graditions of rank and fortune--behind 1st the nobility of the land and 2nd the old families of wealth and consequence;(Clare Reeve's Plans of Education, 1792)
From the Notes For Chapter IV:
Darcy's income would put him in the top 400 wealthest families in the country ( Chapter 3 notes--referring to 10,000 a year)
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