1. What does the narrator compare the classes of 1887 society to?
The narrator compare the classes of 1887 society to a coach being pulled by horses. The wealthy and educated in society sit on top of the coach and the poor and uneducated are the horses pulling the coach. The narrator indicates that the wealthy are afraid they may one day fall off the coach, which represents their fear of losing their money and position in society.
2. Why is the narrator's wedding delayed?
The narrator's wedding is delayed because there have been labor strikes for better wages and shorter days. This is significant to the narrator because he was having a house built for his new bride.
3. What are the wealthy's various views of the poor?
The wealthy's various views of the poor include that it is the nature of the world to have poor individuals. Some upper-class individuals feel that as the poor continued to suffer it may cause a social apocalypse. Finally, some of the wealthy feel that due the the tendency of man to make straight, linear attempts at improvement, they world will continue to be cynical, and thus there would always be poor.
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