She said her family found him too “villagey”. Apparently a big thing in that part of the world. Those from the villages seen as socially less sophisticated than those from the cities.
Another spoke of how “she looks like she is from the countryside”. Where those from the countryside were perceived to be darker and, in being so, less of something.
Ex-wife lived on a farm. The town down the road–actually, a hamlet of maybe less than fifty people, and now a ghost town–had its own distinctions. One was a “town kid” or a “farm kid”.
If one constantly is reminded that one’s birth background is somehow…
Where does that leave a person, over time?
While thankful for personal experience with class-based differentiations, that was but a particular place and time. Lifelong reminders, rather than lifelong experience.