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Quote #1

"A fine affair. All of Frell came, everyone who counts anyway," he said, as though Mother's funeral had been a tournament or a ball. (2.46)

Talking about your wife's funeral in terms of the social cred of its attendees? Definitely the classy thing to do. Good work, Sir Peter.

Quote #2

"Ella is not outfitted in accordance with her station, Sir Peter. My girls have eight trunks between them." (7.44)

Materialistic much, Dame Olga? Fortunately, Ella doesn't seem to agree with the equation of high social standing and having a pimpin' wardrobe.

Quote #3

"No, you are almost noble. It would be an insult to make a servant of you. You will be my lady-in-waiting, and I shall share you with my sister sometimes." (8.33)

Gee, thanks, Hattie. So Ella's social status prevents her from being forced into total servitude, but… you can still make her do whatever you want? This social class thing seems a bit more confusing than it's made out to be.

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