Precis Passages (2000-2019)-1

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Aamir Mahar Aamir Mahar 2021
CSS P&C Paper 2000 Besant describing the middle class of the 9th century wrote: “In the first place it was for more a class apart. In no sense did it belong to society. Men in professions of any kind (except in the Army and Navy) could only belong to society by right of birth and family connections; men in trade—bankers were still accounted tradesmen—could not possibly belong to society.

CSS P&C Paper 2000
Besant describing the middle class of the 9th century wrote: “In the first place it was
for more a class apart. In no sense did it belong to society. Men in professions of any
kind (except in the Army and Navy) could only belong to society by right of birth
and family connections; men in trade—bankers were still accounted
tradesmen—could not possibly belong to society. That is to say, if they went to live
in the country they were not called upon by the county families and in the town they
were not admitted by the men into their clubs, or by ladies into their houses… The
middle class knew its own place, respected itself, made its own society for itself, and
cheerfully accorded to rank the deference due." Since then, however, the life of the
middle classes had undergone great changes as their numbers had swelled and their
influence had increased. Their already well –developed consciousness of their own
importance had deepened. More critical than they had been in the past of certain
aspects of aristocratic life, they were also more concerned with the plight of the poor
and the importance of their own values of society, thrift, hand work, piety and
respectability thrift, hand work, piety and respectability as examples of ideal
behavior for the guidance of the lower orders. Above all they were respectable.
There were divergences of opinion as to what exactly was respectable and what was
not. There were, nevertheless, certain conventions, which were universally
recognized: wild and drunker behaviors were certainly not respectable, nor were
godlessness or avert promiscuity, not an ill-ordered home life, unconventional
manners, self-indulgence or flamboyant clothes and personal adornments

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