During Janes childhood, she is raised with the upper-class Reed’s. But she is not considered as family, because she is an orphan. She is born into the working class and because of this she is ill-treated by the Reed’s family. This becomes apparent when John Reed addresses Jane: you are a dependent, mamma says; you have no money; your father left you none; you ought to beg, and not to live here with gentlemen’s children like us and eat the same meals we do”. It doesn’t matter what your name is or bloodline, if you’ve got no money you have no class. According to john your class is determined through financial wealth.