[Episode 20 | 1818 : Charles]
Charles' mother educates him on the difference between Sarah and 'a lady'. Charles steals some of his mother's clothes in order to create a disguise for Liam but is surprised when Liam uses the disguise to gatecrash Sarah's wedding.
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In this clip, Mrs Owen is able to detect that Sarah is not a lady based upon her conduct and manners. She notes that if Sarah had been a lady, she would have known that the polite way of expressing thanks was to say 'Thank you ever so!'.
In the world of 18th century England that Mrs Owen comes from, manners and behaviour are important indicators of a person's place within society. The rise of an aspiring middle class led to the growth of a body of books which aimed to instruct the reader on conduct in polite society, and how to recognise class distinctions based upon behaviour.
Student Activity Sheet H20.5: Etiquette
Early settler women living in the colony continued to dress according to European fashion, though their new circumstances limited their access to high-quality garments. In this clip, Mrs Owen lends Sarah her 'second-best shawl' to wear at her wedding. Mrs Owen and Sarah are dressed in very different clothing, as befits the social station of each.
Student Activity Sheet H20.6: Fashions for colonial women