What does Mrs.Hopewell mean by the phrase "good country people"?

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Mrs. Hopewell describes "good country people" as people who are "not trash." She repeatedly says they are the "salt of the earth." It becomes clear as the story unfolds that she considers people she can control as "good country people." They are people onto whom she can project her own ideas (or fantasies) of who they are or should be. They are people who seem simple, ordinary, and not threatening to her. It's no wonder that as Manley Pointer insinuates himself into her good graces, she should think of him as "good country people," saying to him, “Why, I think there aren’t enough good country people in the world!”

Although she thinks she is different from her mother, Hulga has picked up the same tendency to look down on "good country people" and to feel she can control them. She decides she knows who Manley is on the most superficial basis, and she is frightened when he shows her his hidden alcohol stash. She asks, echoing her mother's definition of the phrase, "Aren’t you just...

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