austen's social world in Persuasion
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Sicial mobility represents one of the major themes in Austin's stories. Austin experiments situation like the Crofts who move from living on a ship to living at Kellynch Hall, a symbol of gentry and good breeding. This has all types of implications for the higharchy that dictates the rigid class system. The thought of a family, even temporarily, moving up in the ranks means that there can be a chance of fluidity in the social structure. There is of course much morwe to this but I hope this examplehelps a little.