I’ve been watching *Keeping Up Appearances * and love it. But I’m not familiar with the British class system. It seems like the joke is Hyacinth is really LOW CLASS but struggles to be out of it. Then again her sister Violet seems a step above Hyacinth.
The question is compared to Americans where would Hyacinth and Richard be? I reckon Daisy and Onslow would be “poor white trash.” LOL
Hyacinth is solidly middle class with delusions of grandeur. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the show, but I seem to remember that she grew up working class, married Richard, and endeavored to become more.
I think Daisy is working class, Violet is working class with money, and Hyacinth is working class with self-delusion. Not that any of them work, but class is hereditary, not merit-based, nor is it strictly economic. (You can be a poor aristocrat or a rich commoner, which is kind of a foreign idea to the U.S.)
But as far as I know, the series doesn’t reveal anything about the Bucket sisters’ mother and little of their father except that he is horny, addle-pated, and apparently a veteran of World War I, so we don’t really know how Hyacinth comes by upper-class pretensions come. Of course, part of the joke is that Hyacinth’s ideas about class really belong to pre-World War II British society.
Because nearly every American has a mother, or an aunt, or a cousin, who is exactly like Hyacinth.
My mother grew up in a small town in the Great Depression. She has spent most of her life trying to be an aristocrat. (The Hollywood version, anyway.) I see Hyacinth doing an exagerated version of some of my mom’s quirks, and I think it is hilarious.
Jar Jar Binks makes the Ewoks look like fucking Shaft!
Sorry. Had to get that off my chest.
Please don’t be tempted by Hippy to watch Last of the Summer Wine ::shudders:: try One Foot in the Grave or Father Ted.
How about giving us a primer on the American “class system” so we can compare? I’ve only ever see a minute or two of the show but I think that Hyacinth is supposed to be solidly lower-middle-class, say a step or two down from the middle-class Goods and Ledbetters in The Good Life (which is another show you could be watching instead, I bet you’d enjoy Margot). If that means anything to you you already know too much about the class system here (there’s nothing systematic about it, it’s mainly about choosing your parents*).
Which is why I’ve always said that the American version of the show would have a millionaire Texan, son and grandson of Establishment Politicians, pretending that he didn’t go to Yale and that he’s just a simple rancher.
Actually Michael Kinsley wrote a great twitting of Bill O’Rielly that pointed out the tendency towards revers snobbery in America.