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What does "she had never been presented" mean in the following sentence? (The writer's father is an aristocrat.)

My mother came from a very different provenance. A child of the respectable bourgeoisie, her father was a civil servant in the office of the postmaster general. Her mother, perhaps a little grander, could boast Macduff as an ancestor, but it was not enough. In short, she wasn’t a member of the club. She had never been a debutante; she had never been presented; she had no money. A triple threat. And my father’s family took against her from the start.

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