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Knowing your place in the world
What I remember most about this show (and I have seen the show in reruns on Antenna TV recently) is that Hazel's world was one where everybody knew their place and knew that they could never rise above their stations. On the one hand, you had the masters who had the money and called the shots. Beneath them were the domestics - maids, butchers, plumbers, the mailman, who existed only to serve their betters. They ate in the kitchen, called the employers Mister and Mrs. and never questioned what their superiors did.
Hazel was smarter than any of them but she spent her life raising the Baxter's son, living in the maid's quarters and never having enough money to even have an apartment of her own. Mrs. Baxter was young enough to be her daughter but she always had to take an inferior role.
Things have changed since then to some extent, but that is the message that I got (and still get) from Hazel.