I have an excessive regard for Jane Bennet, she is really a very sweet girl, and I wish with all my heart she were well settled. But with such a father and mother, and such low connections, I am afraid there is no chance of it.
– Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 8. Early on in the novel class conscious Caroline Bingley expresses her disapproval of any union between her brother Charles and Jane Bennet due to her low social status. She goes on after this passage to mock Jane’s lowly relations living in Cheapside.