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[130] “exalted stations” in other countries is like that we feel in the Blue-coat School or the picturesque “Beefeaters” who do duty at the Tower of London, or the powdered footmen who are gradually vanishing from the streets of that city. The English habit of mind is different; as Matthew Arnold has said, it worships inequality. I remember a poor English woman, in an American city, who was thrilled with gratitude for a visit from a certain good-natured old lady, the widow of a very respectable physician. “Only think,” she said, “Mrs. Came to see c — that great lady of rank!” It seemed as if one born in the British Islands could not be quite contented without an “exalted station” to reverence.

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