Chapter 16: Anglomania and Anglophobia
It must always be borne in mind that the range of our alleged Anglomania is not very wide nor its depth very great.
It touches mainly a few points of dress and social usage, sometimes caught up foolishly for imitation, but more often wisely.
Yet even among the class most charged with it the costliest things, the domestic architecture, the furniture, the internal decorations of houses, are almost all brought from the continent of Europe
, not from England
; while we go mainly to France
for pictures and to Germany
for science, very much as if England
did not exist.
In all this there is properly no element of liking or disliking, but merely the natural impulse of a newer nation to go where there are the best models, and to get the most valuable things.
It is an instinct as natural as that which led Robinson Crusoe
to visit and revisit the wrecked