The Book of Snobs

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D. Appleton, 1852 - Snobs and snobbishness - 278 pages
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This is a delightful find. A collection of essays from Punch in which Thackeray pokes fun at much of his world. The final chapter/instalment explicitly sets out the author's view - that it is an ... Read full review

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Page 18 - Roumelia, then Chief Galeongee of the Porte, gave a diplomatic banquet at his summer palace at Bujukdere. I was on the left of the Galeongee, and the Russian agent, Count de Diddloff, on his dexter side. Diddloff is a dandy who would die of a rose in aromatic pain : he had tried to have me assassinated three times in the course of the negotiation ; but of course we were friends in public, and saluted each other in the most cordial and charming manner. The Galeongee...
Page 281 - I can bear it no longer — this diabolical invention of gentility which kills natural kindliness and honest friendship. Proper pride, indeed ! Rank and precedence, forsooth ! The table of ranks and degrees is a lie, and should be flung into the fire. Organize rank and precedence ! that was well for the masters of ceremonies of former ages. Come forward, some great marshal, and organize Equality in society, and your rod shall swallow up all the juggling old Court gold-sticks.

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