Category: Education | Type: Glossary Word | Title: Sense and Sensibility (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 25

As a tradesman or merchant.

Lady Middleton has made an especially good marriage in that she advanced from a family in trade into the landed gentry and a baronetcy, at that. Now her manners, in part the result of her having been sent to a pricey girls' seminary or finishing school (Search), about which Austen has critical views, allow her to distance herself from her parents' merchant past. Similar situations appear in Pride and Prejudice (the Bingley sisters) and in Emma (Mrs. Elton).

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