Status and the Trappings of Class
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One afternoon at a reception for new physicians, I was conversing with one of the hosts when I learned something about her that intrigued me. I knew that this always beautifully-dressed, classy physician came from a migrant farm worker family and was now co-owner with her Chicano husband of two health clinics in the Los Angeles area. They had recently remodeled their house by her design, and I was complimenting her on her architectural success. Her response startled me, accustomed as I was to her usual polished air of self confidence. "Sometimes I feel a bit embarrassed about all this," she confided. She waved her hand weakly around the elegant room with its stunning Pacific Ocean view. I sighed, admittedly a bit envious of such a dwelling, and yet eager to give her the confirmation I felt she was seeking. "But you've worked so hard to get here! You deserve it, Dolores!" I assured her. She nodded half-heartedly with a wry grin, clearly not completely at home in these upper-class surroundings of her own making.