What does Secret-order Distinctions mean ?

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Zesy

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I am confused by this phrase I came across when reading Sister Carrie. Here it is:The people who were now pouring here were not celebrities,nor even local notabilities,in a general sense.They were the lights of a certain circle—the circle of small fortunes and SECRET-ORDER DISTINCTIONS. Thanks!
 

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I would guess that it refers to recipients of special recognition by secret societies, such as Freemasons, Skull and Bones, etc.
 

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I got it!Thank you!!:lol:
 

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I got it! Thank you! :lol:

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