“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.