Lady Davers 'Dirt': A Case Study

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She is worried about the family’s social standing as one of the ‘best [families] in the Kingdom’ since she is the closest person to Mr. B as his sister and in the absence of a parent, she wishes to advise her brother against a poor match but he still defies as he is the head of the family because he is the only man. Lady Davers clearly does not have any respect for the lower classes or time to entertain the idea of this unequal marriage because she believes that 'It might be well enough, if you were … but a Remove or two from the Dirt you seem so fond of.' (Richardson, 2015, p. 255) therefore it wouldn’t matter if he married a servant girl. By referring to Pamela as ‘Dirt’, the historical tensions of marrying outside of one’s class become clear
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