England and the English from an American Point of View

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III
THE LAND OF COMPROMISE

THERE are people, both English and foreign, who instead of Compromise, write Hypocrisy; others still who write Conciliation; while the more vehement write Pharisaism.

What has been written in other chapters of the origins, development, and the manners and customs of the English, calls now for something in the way of an explanation. The statements therein contained must seem to the careful reader, like a mere tumbling together of haphazard and often violently contradictory facts. There must be some string of philosophy of life upon which to place such an odd lot of jewels, some precious, some false, and many that are ill-assorted, and which apparently do not in the least belong side by side. Here we have a king who is not a king in any autocratic sense; a free people who are not a free people; a constitution which is not a constitution; an aristo

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • I - First Impressions 1
  • II - Who Are the English? 37
  • III - The Land of Compromise 78
  • IV - English Home Life 133
  • V - Are the English Dull? 176
  • VI - Sport 230
  • VII - Ireland 274
  • VIII - An English Country Town 314
  • IX - Society 366
  • X - Conclusion 412
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