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|A qualified Yes from me...
Written by Heather Leigh
(9/27/2009 9:09 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Is Elinor a bit of a snob?, penned by Rachel G
I see the Jennings-Middleton-Palmer social circle as poised on a fault line between elegant and vulgar, "well-bred" and "ill-bred". Thanks to the money her husband earned, Mrs Jennings has pushed her daughters up out of the "lower" level they were born into, and they both seem secure at their new level. (Lady Middleton got a title; Charlotte will be the wife of an MP.)
But Mrs Jennings herself is still a vulgar person - she still associates with her old "low" friends and she can't be trusted to "act classy" at more elegant gatherings. Sir John and Mr. Palmer were willing to overlook those factors in order to claim the Jennings girls' dowries and personal charms. But there's no guarantee that other wealthy men would overlook them to court the Dashwood girls, who have charms but no dowries.
So yes, I agree that Elinor is concerned about what social status they would have as Mrs Jennings' guests and protegees.
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