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"Her father was a country gentleman down in your part of the world, and was a brewer. I don't know why it should be a crack thing to be a brewer; but it is indisputable that while you cannot possibly be genteel and bake, you may be as genteel as never was and brew. You see it every day." (2.22.42)
Whoa, whoa, whoa. So, you can make beer and still be considered a gentleman, but you can’t be a blacksmith and be considered a gentleman? Here, we get a further glimpse into the Victorian society’s value system: beer before iron and baked goods.