In these early pages of GUERMANTES, I see again a difference between unimaginative bourgeois snobs and Marcel, a very imaginative snob. The former see the elite in mundane aspect and think 'well they're not so fancy after all'; M finds in that mundanity an arch sophistication.
Meanwhile, M's family's servant Françoise is equipoised between feudal servility and republican feistiness.
But yes, M is such a snob!!!!!!
I should add, the snobbery of the bourgeois observers is preserved rather than undermined - they simply see those particular aristocrats a bit lower, and perhaps themselves a little higher, in the same unchanged scheme of things, as before.

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