“I have never been able to identify or understand my class.”
Because of the American Dream, we tend to think of people who get ahead as hard working and morally sound. Likewise, the American Dream implies that people who do not make it to the middle-class did not work hard enough.
Class seems to be about appearing moderate and restrained rather than excessive in any way.
You get a few harsh realizations in your life, and one of mine, as I walked slowly through this showroom, was that I will never belong in this world, not ever. I’ve been too plucky, and too thrifty, for too long.