Watching the English

I just finished reading Watching the English by Anthropologist Kate Fox.

She dissects the English character superbly, basing her analysis on three years of field work studying we English at work and at play (mostly in the pub it seems).

The diagram below provides a visual representation of her key findings.


Mostly it seems we are socially ill at ease and tackle this permanent state by making a joke of it while looking on everything but the bright side of life (sorry Eric Idle we failed to follow your advice) without boasting about it.

On reflection, I think she could have saved herself a lot of time and effort in her research by simply picking up any Trollope novel at random and reading that.

Could there ever be a more accurate picture of the wretched uncomfortable Englishman than the poor unfortunate hobbledehoy Johnny Eames in The Small House at Allington?

Which Trollope novel would you recommend to Kate for her further studies?

Merry Christmas to all our readers from everyone at The Jupiter.


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