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Mr. Podsnap pontificating at the Veneerings dinner party, in Our Mutual Friend, is one of Dickens's most brilliant scenes.  And Our Mutual Friend is one of the few greatest of his novels.  Do read it.
Cheers,
Nancy


>>> Gunnar Jauch <[log in to unmask]>01/19/09 3:48 AM >>>


Am 19.01.2009 um 09:17 schrieb David Boyd:


Have to be very pleased and hopeful indeed for America [and indirectly fory own and for all our futures nd for all of we apparently despicable,.derisiveEuropeans' ]pon otingthese landmark events in your country's history, but think it's casting the first stone most presumptously andotentially offensivelyonsideringust where and when this great distance so bravely and honourably ravelled started from. Judgingeople and events of yesteryear with the hindsight of today's cultural norms and morality issually a very ointless and ultimately hypocritical astime but nevertheless think it has to be noted that some events concerning genocide, slavery and arpartheid are I think more than a little too recent in your ownhistory books ever to justify this ather crowing, 'holier than thou' stance you appear to be adopting towards 'Europe', Kate.
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And e're in Dickensian mode,erhaps aew doses of Uriah Heep might help us all !
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Regards
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David









Well roared, lion! 

And thanks to Nancy for enlarging my vocabulary with "Podsnappery" -- I admittedly had to look it up.

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