He was at his ease in the narrow "great world"

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The following is from Lady Chatterley's lover(the last paragraph but 15, Chapter 1)

But Clifford, while he was better bred than Connie, and more "society", was in his own way more provincial and more timid. He was at his ease in the narrow "great world", that is, landed aristocracy society, but he was shy and nervous of all that other big world which consists of the vast hordes of the middle and lower classes, and foreigners.

It's a lot strange to me why the quotations are given outside great world and society.
Could you give me some explanations please?
Thank you in advance
  • grassy

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    It looks like the narrator is distancing himself from the implications of those terms: Clifford was "society", that is superior to others in society, but was he really superior to anyone? He was at his ease in the great world, but was that world he belonged to really great?
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