Martha Stewart is a transformational creature. She has transformed herself from child of middle class New Jersey to doyen of upper class Connecticut. She knows the status code cold. Indeed, she has helped to refine and augment this code.
But the transformation is incomplete. By several accounts, Ms. Stewart sometimes treats friends, colleagues, and employees with small regard for courtesy. She is, to put it more bluntly, darn close to the original BOW.
It was as if Martha had mastered every detail of Connecticut grace…except the grace. And grace turns out to be an essential property of the polite classes, the opportunity of real wealth, the evidence of a virtually Asian detachment from the world (especially useful for women who have NOCD husbands who need suffering gladly), proof of what the humanists said was the real condition of high standing, and finally the only real emotion the WASP is obliged to show in public. Let me put this another way, those who wish to be, or to "pass" as, a member of polite society should not treat social interaction as a high contact sport and conflict resolution as a survivalist enterprise.
How do I know this? I’m an anthropologist. I looked it up. (Which makes you wonder why Ms. Stewart didn’t do the same. It’s not as if the humanists are banned or burned.)
Further to the point of yesterday’s post, this could have been the understanding that Ms. Stewart brought back from prison with her. Now this would have been both interesting and consistent with the status metamorphosis that is, apparently, Ms. Stewart’s only transformational objective.