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Speaking of Jane's profession, Blanche Ingram states:

You should hear mama on the chapter of governesses: Mary and I have had, I should think, a dozen at least in our day; half of them detestable and the rest ridiculous, and all incubi - were they not, mama?

What does Blanche's statement reveal about the social status of governesses during the Victorian era?


Governesses were not considered to be of a higher social status than any other type of servant.


Governesses were highly respected, which is upsetting to Blanche.


Governesses occupied an odd social space between those in poverty and the wealthy.


Governesses occupied the same role that teachers hold in today's society.


Governesses were hated even more than those in poverty because they were seen as social climbers.

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