England and the English from an American Point of View

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VI
SPORT

IF one were writing of France, of Germany, of Italy, of Russia, of Spain, no one would notice the omission of a chapter on sport. A few pages upon hunting and shooting in France, of which there is still a certain amount; upon the students' duelling, and the hunting of the wild boar in Germany; upon the shooting over the enormous preserves in Hungary; upon big-game shooting in some parts of Russia, and upon bull-fighting in Spain, would suffice to give an idea of the relative importance of sport in those countries.

It is very different in England. The first thing to attract my attention on this my latest visit to England was the announcement on all the newspaper bulletins: England's Big Task. I happened to know that the Prime Minister was seriously ill, that there was fierce debating in the House of Commons upon the estimates for the navy, and upon the new licensing bill just brought in by Mr. Asquith, and that there was fighting upon the frontier of India with a certain

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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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