Posted by Sylvia on July 19, 1997 at 20:20:42:
In reply to Re: Class Liberalities posted by Laraine on July 18, 1997 at 14:59:22
Mrs and Miss Bates are indeed considered genteel. Being the former vicar's wife, Mrs Bates and her daughter associated with the best families in Highbury. Although the Bates' fortunes have turned downward, they still enjoy their social connections. I think a lot of that acceptance is due to Miss Bates' cheery nature and goodness of spirit. She makes herself pleasant to everyone and genuinely wishes everyone goodwill.
What has puzzled me exceedingly is how Emma could seek out Harriet Smith as a friend from a social status standpoint. I would think Harriet was pretty low in the social order and then there was the question of her illegitimacy.