A 19TH Century Canadian Time Capsule

Although the author appears to treat the ‘civilized’ world with some disdain in regards to their prejudices, some aspects of this underlying class or racial discrimination appear to have affected Miss Grove as her characters portray ‘prejudicial slips’ on occasion:

The squaws thanked her in the gentle, sweet-toned voice peculiar to their people, but did not rise.”
“Bring a little coal,” said Grace’s mother to the servant that opened the door, and at the same time, she drew her work-table nearer to the fire.”…she arose, and ringing the bell, ordered the sleigh to be driven to the door. Grace was going out in the sleigh. Dr. Johns had said it would do her good.”
“At twelve o’clock Grace and her mother drove through the gate leading to Mrs. Wilhelm’s pretty cottage. Mrs. Wilhelm and the company, the servant said, had gone down towards the North West Arm, where a sort of banquet hall had been constructed in the woods.”
“At last about four o’clock in the morning, she called to her nurse who slept in the next room”
“The nurse who was very good natured, did not like Grace to feel restless and anxious, so she got out of bed, and coming into Grace’s room, drew aside the curtain, and looking out, told the little girl that it was a beautiful night”
“Just then, a lady and gentleman were seen coming towards them… It was the father and mother of Grace.” “Her nurse told her that she was not to carry the basket, that many other things were going with the party, and that Miss Martha’s servant was to take them all in a wagon.”
… “and the captain of the Steamer came to tell the lady that her son was waiting on the wharf, with a carriage. The lady turned to Grace’s father, ‘I shall not remain on the shore more than an hour, should I be asking too great a favour, if I beg to retain this little girl with me for that length of time?–she will point out her home to me, and I will leave her there in safety.’
She reached home before her mother had become anxious about her, and in time to send a large bouquet of flowers to her new friend.” (A little protocol?)
…”and when Grace reappeared in the kitchen with the new garment hanging over her arm,
it is hard to say which was most pleased–the child, or the equally simple old woman.”
This refers to a used petticoat, Grace gives to a native who presented her with a small canoe as a gift.
…”the Indians were friendly to them, and willing to sell the game they killed. But though there was an abundant supply of venison, there was a great scarcity of bread. There was plenty of corn- but the only way of grinding it was by a hand mill which required hard labour, so much disliked by the Indians, that they preferred hunger to the task of grinding, though the French offered them half the meal they ground.

In this paragraph it was obviously below the French to be expected to grind their own corn — but how could those Natives dare not do the hard labour expected of them?! The French were fortunate enough not to starve even though the Natives wouldn’t grind their corn:
“In the spring they built a flour mill which was turned by a little river, and then they could have as much bread as they wanted without asking the Indians to help them.”