The Importance of Being Earnest

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how does lady bracknell's question about whether jack was born in the "purples of commerce" or "the ranks of the aristocracy" reflect on the social structure of the upper class in Victorian England?

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L. Bracknell is interested in wealth, status, and style. These are wahat were valued in Victorian English high society (consider Dicken's Great Expectations). L. Bracknell is interested in Jack's assets more than Jack himself. Jack's assets and where he lives in the city are considered more important qualities that personality for a proper suitor for Gwendolen.