The clear-cut class divide wasn’t as neat and sharp as the speaker’s comments imply.  In fact, there was some fluidity across class bounds in the case of women being attracted to this handsome man, land-agent or not.

‘I never think whether a land-agent is handsome or not.  They don’t belong to the class of people whose appearance I notice.’

Source: Elizabeth Gaskell, Wives and Daughters (London: Penguin Classics, 1986 (1866)), p. 128


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