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|Wentworth a gentleman
Written by Nikki N
(5/9/2013 6:32 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Persuasion: a story about second chances, discussion topic, penned by Linnea
Wentworth was already a gentleman, though not a gentleman of fortune. His brother was a clergyman, meaning he had gone to university. The gentry class was quite wide, and they include lower gentry and impoverished gentry, e.g. the Bates in Emma.
And I doubt Anne would have fallen for a man who was not a gentleman, ideas of class-conciousness that appear snobbish to contemporary society were shared, (though to a greater or lesser degree), by almost everybody during Regency. Even dear Anne referred to Mr Elliot's first wife, a rich woman of inferior birth, whose "father was a grazier, and grandfather had been a butcher" as "a very low woman" (chap 21). Anne in canon is elegant and fastidious, as well as kind and capable (not dowdy as she is portrayed in adaptation). She could find nobody to replace Frederick because in her small circle, there was nobody else to suit the "fastidiousness of her taste" (chap 4). Anne and Frederick were both cultured and musical, there was nobody at Kellynch or Uppercross who had "just appreciation or real taste" for music as Anne and Fred did (chap 6)
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