'practical' journalist and middle-class money-getter.
Veal.' Its real purpose, characteristically enough, was the concealed one of promoting the sale of an unsuccessful religious book, but its literary importance lies first in the extraordinarily convincing mass of minute details which it casts about an incredible incident and second in the complete knowledge (sprung from Defoe's wide experience in journalism, politics, and business) which it displays of a certain range of middle-class characters and ideas.
and to him is given the palm in the middle-class
of speech' is just, but is liable to give a wrong impression.
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.
This belief was confirmed by his experience of women, which, having latterly been extended from the cultivated middle-class into the rural community, had taught him how much less was the intrinsic difference between the good and wise woman of one social stratum and the good and wise woman of another social stratum, than between the good and bad, the wise and the foolish, of the same stratum or class.
We're a respectable middle-class
family, living at Highgate."
It is sickening that vulgar, middle-class
virtue should pay."
In this connection I should like to confess my surprise on finding that notwithstanding all its apparatus of analysis the story consists for the most part of physical impressions; impressions of sound and sight, railway station, streets, a trotting horse, reflections in mirrors and so on, rendered as if for their own sake and combined with a sublimated description of a desirable middle-class
town-residence which somehow manages to produce a sinister effect.
He belonged to one of those middle-class
families which were called indifferently, in the impertinent language of the last century, the high bourgeoise or the petty nobility.
I will add that his finger-nails were scrupulously attended to, and that he meant to marry a well-educated young lady (as yet unspecified) whose person was good, and whose connections, in a solid middle-class
way, were undeniable.
The result, concluded Quigley, was "a total reversal of middle-class
values by presenting as interesting or admirable simple negation of these values by aimless, shiftless, and totally irresponsible people." The political ascent of Arnold Schwarzenegger presents a splendid example of the reversal of values Quigley described.
Indeed, the images appear uncannily doubled, connoting both middle-class
portraits and criminal mugshots simultaneously.