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By Paul Fussell

The bestselling, accomplished, and thoroughly researched advisor to the ins-and-outs of the yankee type approach with a close examine the defining components of every crew, from customs to model to housing.

Based on cautious learn and advised with grace and wit, Paul Fessell indicates how every thing humans inside American society do, say, and personal displays their social prestige. Detailing the existence of every category, from the way in which they costume and the place they dwell to their schooling and leisure pursuits, classification is bound to entertain, enlighten, and sometimes enrage readers as they establish their very own position in society and notice how the opposite part lives.

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Caroline has a fine position as an executive secretary for a prestigious firm in Boise, Idaho. Sometimes these letters really wring' the heart, with their proud lists of new "affiliations" achieved during the past year: " This year Bob became a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Beer Can Collectors League of North America, the Alumni Council of the University of Evansville, and the Young Republicans of Vanderburgh County. " (Cf. Veblen: " Since conservatism is a characteristic of the wealthier and therefore more reputable portion of the community, it has acquired a certain honorific or decorative value.

Both women's and men's elite looks are achieved by a process of rejection-of the current, the showy, the superfluous. Thus the rejection of fat by the elite. Michael Korda in his book Success! gets the point. "It pays," he finds, "to be thin. " But the elite rejection of the superfluous in no way implies a "minimal" look in clothes. Rather, "layering" is obligatory. " The upper-middle-class woman will appear almost invariably in a skirt of gray flannel, Stuart plaid, or khaki; a navy-blue cardigan, which may be cable-stitched; a white blouse with Peter Pan collar; hose with flat shoes; hair preferably in a barrette.

I have known some very rich people who remain stubbornly middle-class, which is to say they remain terrified at what others think of them, and to avoid criticism are obsessed with doing everything right. The middle class is the place where table manners assume an awful importance and where net curtains flourish to conceal activities like hiding the salam' (a phrase no middle-class person would indulge in, surely: the fatuous making love is the middle-class equivalent). The middle class, always anxious about offending, is the main market for "mouthwashes," and if it disappeared the whole "deodorant" business would fall to the ground.

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