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Mrs. Philips

December 18, 2017 11:27PM
It is true that fanon and movies greatly enlarge Mrs. Philips's vulgarity. . When I skimmed through, even I was surprised at how little she is actually on stage. When she is mentioned, it is always emphasized that she is a great gossip monger (several instances), and is quite open about it, including detailing her sources (which might be considered vulgar):

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and she was eagerly expressing her surprise at their sudden return home, which, as their own carriage had not fetched them, she should have known nothing about, if she had not happened to see Mr. Jones's shop-boy in the street, who had told her that they were not to send any more draughts to Netherfield because the Miss Bennets were come away,

Also, I think that loudly discussing irrelevant details of the Miss Bennets' private life (what carriage they were brought home in etc.) in front of a company of relatively new acquaintances is an example of ill breeding and tactless, empty chatter.

The instance of leaning out of the window is described in a way that shows a lack of good manners, IMO:

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Mr. Denny and Mr. Wickham walked with the young .ladies to the door of Mr. Philips's house, and then made their bows, in spite of Miss Lydia's pressing entreaties that they would come in, and even in spite of Mrs. Philips' throwing up the parlour window and loudly seconding the invitation

It may be intended as a friendly gesture but I think, in the more formal past behavior rules, it is decidedly ill bred. Meeting and introduction was highly formalized, and she just talks out of the window to someone she wasn't even introduced to and who may be of higher social standing than herself.

Also, I would say that the way she becomes "bosom friends" with mr. COllins, each appreciating the other's excellent manners and breeding shows a decided lack of intelligence as wellas alack of understanding fine manners:

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when her civility was claimed towards Mr. Collins by Jane's introduction of him. She received him with her very best politeness, which he returned with as much more, apologising for his intrusion, without any previous acquaintance with her, which he could not help flattering himself, however, might be justified by his relationship to the young ladies who introduced him to her notice. Mrs. Philips was quite awed by such an excess of good breeding

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Mr. Collins on his return highly gratified Mrs. Bennet by admiring Mrs. Philips's manners and politeness. He protested that, except Lady Catherine and her daughter, he had never seen a more elegant woman;

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Mr. Collins was at leisure to look around him and admire, and he was so much struck with the size and furniture of the apartment, that he declared he might almost have supposed himself in the small summer breakfast-parlour at Rosings; a comparison that did not at first convey much gratification; but when Mrs. Philips understood from him what Rosings was, and who was its proprietor -- when she had listened to the description of only one of Lady Catherine's drawing-rooms, and found that the chimney-piece alone had cost eight hundred pounds, she felt all the force of the compliment, and would hardly have resented a comparison with the housekeeper's room.

In describing to her all the grandeur of Lady Catherine and her mansion, with occasional digressions in praise of his own humble abode, and the improvements it was receiving, he was happily employed until the gentlemen joined them; and he found in Mrs. Philips a very attentive listener, whose opinion of his consequence increased with what she heard, and who was resolving to retail it all among her neighbours as soon as she could

IMO she is shown as lacking in good manners and discernment while catering to what she perceives as elegant and wealthy (Lady C and by association, Mr. Collins), all of which definitely satisfies the criteria of vulgarity.
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