1st - parish priests and bishops - want to preserve Church dominance, but can make financial concessions
2nd - conservative, poorer aristocracy and liberal nobles - ready to give up privileges, attacked gov't for injustice
3rd - lawyers, merchants and wealthy landowners - want limited King powers and a Constitution.
Estates meet in separate groups - 3rd estate demand a common session - seen as a precedent for future collective decisions - rejected by the nobility and clergy
3rd Estate refused to do anything - weeks of inaction with no gov't leadership