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Written by Aruna
(9/26/2009 2:17 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Lady Middleton's none-too-subtle hints, penned by Barbara
It appears that Lady Middleton is very particular about observing the right social norms. Her family is from trade, and Mrs. Jennings and Charlotte are both still not into ceremony. My guess is that Lady Middleton wants to shed that background and works extra hard to do appear well-bred.
In chapter 27, we see that "everything in her (Mrs. Jennings') household arrangements was conducted on the most liberal plan, and excepting a few old city friends, whom to Lady Middleton's regret, she had never dropped, she visited...."
These friends are probably from when Mr. Jennings was alive and when they lived in a less elegant part of town.
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