I just read you column on the socalled social climber
who invited to her birthday party some people whom she did not know.
This was useful information for a wide range of social climbers
and political types.
While there was a pounds 10,000 variation in average incomes between the middle class (pounds 33,000) and working class (pounds 23,000), the "upper" middle class earned almost pounds 52,000 a year Rent and mortgage payments were virtually the same between working class households (pounds 366) and their middle class counterparts (pounds 334) n The upper middle class spent twice as much on rent and mortgages than the middle class (pounds 668 compared with pounds 334), and more than twice as much on going out and entertaining (pounds 206 compared with pounds 89) n Out of 10 cities studied for the survey, Cardiff was said to be home to the most aspirational social climbers
, with an average disposable income figure of pounds 348.
Golf is, and always has been, a stairway for social climbers
To Lynne, therefore, etiquette is no more than a tool for social climbers
to assume a poshness to which they were not born, the behavioral equivalent of "the rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain.
Cross The Nanny Diaries with The First Wives Club, and you get The Ivy Chronicles, not just a wicked send-up of social climbers
and everything that nurtures them but a modern urban morality tale.
In his study of conduct literature, Frank Whigham argues that the conduct books which became popular in the sixteenth century were initially intended to show the true signs of courtly behavior, in order to embarrass those social climbers
who were not truly noble, and had the secondary covert aim "to teach the members of an endangered aristocracy how to reascribe to themselves the self-evident ascriptive status their forebears had enjoyed" (18).
It wasn't a foolproof system, since social climbers
could always master the upper class's politesse, which included, at the beginning, such easy-to-learn rules as: Don't relieve yourself at the dinner table; don't blow your nose into your napkin.
Amidst other social climbers
he appears normal, but inside he's devoured by murderous fantasies.
There he runs into a mob of greedy hangers-on and social climbers
, and is seduced by a cynical reporter (Jean Arthur) posing as a fellow babe-in-the-woods.
The pamphlet fumed: "Did these social climbers
, this post-war prosperous section of this American set, frequented by Mrs Simpson, think she was going to become Queen and that by helping her to succeed in her ambition, they would have free entry to Buckingham Palace, where they would indulge in all-night parties, barn-yard balls, etc?
Indee d, the ire directed toward Mary Todd Lincoln in one review of Behind the Scenes shows the anxiety generated by alleged social climbers
Marlowe develops Holinshead's Baldock, simply Lord Chancellor of England and 'a man euill beloued in the realme', into another of the play's dissemblers and social climbers