The Westing Game
Society and Class Quotes
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Grace Windsor Wexler was no longer surprised at the odd assortment of heirs. Household workers, all, or former employees, she decided. The rich always reward servants in their wills, and her Uncle Sam was a generous man. (5.22)
Even though Grace doesn't come from money or the upper class, she's already starting to act like it. She barely remembers family discussions about a rich uncle, and now she's acting like she knows him. It's pretty ironic in the context of who else is attending the will reading, and what the backgrounds of those people are.
"Hello, Jake," Judge Ford said. A firm handshake, laugh lines around his eyes. He needed a sense of humor with that social-climbing wife. (10.3)
While this is supposed to be telling us about Jake, it also says a lot about Grace. The fact that someone with "a sense of humor" married her means she can't be all bad. If we, like the judge, consider Jake to be something of a stand-up guy, that fact should make us pause and reconsider the things we don't know about Grace, and what Jake sees in her.
But Flora Baumbach was right about the resemblance. Violet Westing did look like Angela Wexler. And that was George Theodorakis, all right, dancing with her in the society page clippings. (15.70)
Who would've thought that society gossip records, filed away in a newspaper, would end up serving as evidence in what basically amounts to a murder investigation? It's like an obscure mention on Perezhilton.com showing up to bite someone in the butt in twenty years. In other words, we're always fascinated by gossip – who's going to what parties, which rich people are going out with others – but it's usually only valuable when it's current.