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The aggressor, moreover, lost caste in the estimation of his equals and this was considered by the British as of more consequence than the confiscation of his land.
The condescension with which Mrs Wilfer delivered this proclamation of patronage, was as wonderful as the swiftness with which the lodger had lost caste in the Secretary.
Income is a rough guide, and by the mid-eighteenth century [pounds sterling]1000 to [pounds sterling]2000 a year might give a certain gentility, but in this chapter Dr Barnard takes the reader through the subtleties of what constituted Irish gentility: public office, education, ancient lineage and those who had lost caste and held onto gentility by repute rather than by reality.