Mrs. Weston 's First Marriage

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If You Ain’t Talking Money I Don’t Wanna Talk: Social Relations in Emma Money talks. In the small town of Highbury, there are rich folk. There are also some folk who are not as rich. Through the eyes and mind of the narrator, Emma, readers quickly learn how the rich folk interact with the not so rich folk. As per usual, those who are wealthy have a higher social standing than those who are not. Although everyone interacts with one another, the dynamic of the relationships depends on each person’s social standing and wealth. Social standing, at least according to Emma, matters in order to have a truly successful relationship with another person. It takes more than just mere compatibility. This is evident and clearly stated when describing…show more content…
Her longing but inability to have both causes a rift in the marriage and ultimately leaves Mr. Weston poor after her death. Unfortunately, the raw feelings and emotions of this relationship could not over power the vast differences in socioeconomic factors. At times, there are disconnects even between people who hold similar socioeconomic status. Emma and Mrs. Elton are both wealthy, young woman who live in Highsbury. For the most part, the two of them fall within the same social circles and interact with the same people. Yet the one difference they hold is what ultimately causes Emma to have a strained relationship with Mrs. Elton. This difference lies within the way they each obtained their wealth and money. Emma’s wealth is inherited, while Mrs. Elton’s money and wealth is all new. The attitudes and mannerisms of those with old money versus those with new money do not line up. When Emma meets Mrs. Elton for the first time, she describes the interaction as: […] [Emma] had a quarter of an hour of the lady’s conversation to herself, and could composedly attend to her; and the quarter of an hour quite convinced her that Mrs. Elton was a vain woman, extremely well satisfied with herself, and thinking much of her own importance; that she meant to shine and be very superior, but with manners which had been formed in a bad school, pert and familiar; that all her notions were drawn from one set of people, and one style of living; that if not foolish she was
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