English Society. Sketched by George du Maurier. Click on image to enlarge it.. From
Puzzled Hostess. “I beg your pardon, Lord Bovril, but will you tell me whether I ought to take your arm, or Prince Sulkytoff’s, or the Duke’s?”
Lord Bovril (Lord-Lieutenant of the County). — “Well—a—since you ask me, I must tell you that—a—as her Majesty’s representative, I am bound to claim the honor! But I hope you won’t for a moment suppose that I’m fool enough—a—to care personally one rap about that sort of thing!”
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- The Complex History of the Idea of “Gentleman”
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English Society. Sketched by George du Maurier. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1897.
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