Common People is about the mentality of some people who measure worth by their lineage, wealth, and fame. Without benefit of the doubt, they easily judge other persons who toiled their way “up” to high society. A few, thankfully, consider people rich if they have good disposition and strong and positive character. As a consequence, good things come to those who have good hearts and open minds. The author clearly and unswervingly defined what the title means by this line:
"There is something too common about her, if I may so express myself… I mean that there is no distinctive character about her. She is, like the large mass around us, a mere made-up girl." –Mrs. Florence
On the other hand, Dressed for a Party, from the title itself, tells how an aunt advices her niece how to dress properly for a party. One tip she gives is not to beat her mother’s fashion sense.
"A young lady will always be safest in society, Alice--always more certain to make a good impression, if she subordinate her love of dress and ornament as much as possible to her mother's taste. In breaking away from this, my dear, you have gone over to an extreme that, if persisted in, will class you with vain lovers of admiration; with mere show girls, who, conscious of no superior moral and mental attractions, seek to win by outward charms. Be not of them, dear Alice, but of the higher class, whose minds are clothed in beautiful garments whose loveliest and most precious things are, like jewels, shut within a casket." –Aunt Helen
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