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Exploring the WestThree Travel Narratives$
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Mushirul Hasan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780198063117

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198063117.001.0001

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Virtues of the English

Virtues of the English

(p.155) 20 Virtues of the English
Exploring the West

Mushirul Hasan

Oxford University Press

This time, the author enumerates the virtues of the people of England, saying that they are honourable, respectful to their superiors, obedient to the laws, desirous of doing good, followers of fashion, sincere in their dispositions, plain in their manners, and hospitable. He also mentions the English's peculiar ideas of the meaning of perfection. The author censures some of the customs of London. He comments on fires and fire engines, English beds, and the custom of retaining handsome footmen to wait on ladies.

Keywords:   England, virtues, customs, London, fire engines, English beds, footmen

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