Beneath the hundred thousand women of the elite are a million middle-class
women, miserable because they are not of the elite, and trying to appear of it in public; and beneath them, in turn, are five million farmers' wives reading 'fashion papers' and trimming bonnets, and shop-girls and serving-maids selling themselves into brothels for cheap jewelry and imitation seal- skin robes.
After the deceptions and illusions of the torture-chamber, the precision of the details of that quiet little middle-class
room seemed to have been invented for the express purpose of puzzling the mind of the mortal rash enough to stray into that abode of living nightmare.
Certainly neither rich men--those sultans of society who fill their harems--nor middle-class
men, who follow the well-beaten high- road of prejudices; nor women who, not choosing to understand the passions of artists, impose the yoke of their virtues upon men of genius, imagining that the two sexes are governed by the same laws.
In fact, to be a bit better than one's neighbour was considered excessively vulgar and middle-class
He felt that, single-minded and self-sacrificing as his parents were, there yet existed certain latent prejudices of theirs, as middle-class
people, which it would require some tact to overcome.
For a day after his arrival he had clung to the garb of middle-class
He belonged to one of those middle-class
families which were called indifferently, in the impertinent language of the last century, the high
Philip could not wrench out of his nature the instincts of the middle-class
from which he came; and the penury, the hack work which Cronshaw did to keep body and soul together, the monotony of existence between the slovenly attic and the cafe table, jarred with his respectability.
I am glad that she has gone," he said to himself, "she has a decidedly middle-class
mind"; and he sank a little deeper still into the mud, and began to think about the loneliness of genius, when suddenly two little boys in white smocks came running down the bank, with a kettle and some faggots.
We were always middle-class
, thoroughly middle-class
At the end of that trip we met together at midnight in a lonely field, under a blasted oak, and took an awful oath (we had been swearing for a whole week about the thing in an ordinary, middle-class
way, but this was a swell affair) - an awful oath never to take paraffine oil with us in a boat again-except, of course, in case of sickness.
We're a respectable middle-class
family, living at Highgate.