benefited by her elevation

Category: Class | Type: Historical | Title: Mansfield Park (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter I

Her becoming a baronet's wife is in itself a distinction whose aura extends to her sisters, whom now she can benefit in material and other ways. "Connexions" or "interest" (a few lines down) is worth a great deal in a society that is highly conscious of rank and not overly sensitive to individual merit.  

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