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Written by Sarah Hannah
(12/14/2012 2:08 p.m.)
In Mansfield Park, Mrs. Norris relates how Mrs. Whitaker, the housekeeper at Sotherton, "has turned away two housemaids for wearing white gowns." The housemaids' actions were frowned upon because it was seen as imitating their betters, or professing to be of higher status than the one they actually occupy by wearing white.
-Sarah Hannah :-)
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