Re: Rank and title
Posted by Andrea Jutson on June 09, 1998 at 01:44:21:
In response to Rank and Title, written by Rosemary N. on June 08, 1998 at 17:59:50
] What rank and title did Mr. Darcy's father have?
None- he was just a rich gentleman.
Why is Mr. Darcy's title simply Mr. ?
Because neither he nor his father are/were memebers of the aristocracy. His father made his fortune through trade, and was not even a gentleman. A gentleman, by the way, is just someone who does not have to work for money. Bingley, having all the money his father left him, is a gentleman, whereas his father was not.
Does Elizabeth have a title?
No- her father's just a gentleman, like Mr Bingley.
I think you'd call them both members of the middle class- as a richer man, Bingley would be higher up the social scale than Elizabeth. I'd say they'd both be upper-ish middle class.
] What is the youngest son (second son) of an earl called?
Mr- second sons don't usually get titles in England, unlike France (I think).
] What is the oldest son of an earl called when the earl is still alive?
He might get a courtesy title, like a baronetcy (Sir), but I'm not sure- better take Peg's advice on those links!
Is an earl called Lord?
What do you call a female Baronet (the highest of the lower class)?
Lady So-and-so. (Her last name would come after 'Lady', unlike a duchess or a countess, whose first name would follow, as they are born as peers, whereas a female cannot be born a baronet, something which is always passed on to sons.)
Caroline- if I've made any mistakes here, please correct me, because I'm not 100% certain on all this, but I think it's all correct.
Hope this helps, Rosemary!
- Whoops!- Correction Andrea Jutson 01:46:45 6/09/98 (0)
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