The idea of ‘good blood’, a phrase often passed around as in an official capacity, comes from the idea that those of the highest or lowest classes have pure or ‘unmixed’ blood, born of only their own class. No one really knows where the phrase originated, but The Big College have used it for very many generations since their genesis.
Of course, no evidence exists to prove the idea of complete good blood, and, sadly, when calls go out from colleges, they have tended to be only for those of the higher class. At least, until the middle 21st century.
By Phillip’s own era, ‘men of good blood’ refers not only to the pure, upper class, but also those of the middle-class, and, subsequently, the blended blood between them. Not, however, yet has there been such a match between the highest of classes and the lowest. Romances and affairs, yes – and only, since the marital opinions of these classes appear to be too incompatible.
For, rarely are there two people of identical ‘blood status’ arranged into marriage; Benjamin’s marriage to Aimee Montgomery was one of great equality, as would a marriage between a Costello and a Vallente girl, hence how pressing the parents of both families have been in forcing their children together, despite it not happening. Estella-Lucille Goldacre, however, although coming from an upper-class family, had not carried the same prestige as Stuart.