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Pride and Prejudice

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The Gardiners

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Which of the following lines suggests Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner are a social class below that of the Bingleys and Mr. Darcy?

A

"Mr. Gardiner was a sensible, gentlemanlike man, greatly superior to his sister as well by nature as education."

B

"The Netherfield ladies would have had difficulty in believing that a man who lived by trade, and within view of his own warehouses, could have been so well bred and agreeable."

C

"Mrs. Gardiner, who was several years younger than Mrs. Bennet and Mrs. Philips, was an amiable, intelligent, elegant woman, and a great favourite with all her Longbourn nieces."

D

"The first part of Mrs. Gardiner's business on her arrival was to distribute her presents and describe the newest fashions."

E

"Mrs. Gardiner, to whom the chief of this news had been given before, in the course of Jane and Elizabeth's correspondence with her, made her sister a slight answer, and in compassion to her nieces turned the conversation."