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Henry James, Jr.


Where __ have customs people certainly follow them; but for five ________ customs there are fifty English. I am very far ____ having discovered the secret; I have not in the _____ learned what becomes of that explosive personal force in ___ English character which is compressed and corked down by ______ conformity. I look with a certain awe at some __ the manifestations of the conforming spirit, but the fermenting ______________ beneath it are hidden from my vision. The most ________ example, to foreign eyes, of the power of custom __ England is of course the universal church-going-. In the _____ of all England getting up from its tea and _____ of a Sunday morning and brushing its hat and _______ on its gloves and taking its wife on its ___ and making its offspring march before, and so, for ________', respectabilitys', propriety's sake, making its way to a place __ worship appointed by the State, in which it respects ___ formulas of a creed to which it attaches no ________ sense and listens to a sermon over the length __ which it explicitly haggles and grumbles, ---- in this _____ exhibition there is something very striking to a stranger, _________ which he hardly knows whether to pronounce very sublime __ very puerile. (......) The way in which the example __ the more comfortable classes imposes itself upon the less ___________ may of course be noticed in smaller matters than ____________-; in a great many matters which it may seem _______ to mention. If one is bent upon observation nothing, _______, is trivial. So I may cite the practice of _______ the servants out of the room at breakfast. It __ the fashion, and so, apparently, through the length and _______ of England, every one who has the slightest pretension __ standing high enough to feel the way the social ______ is blowing conforms to it. It is awkward, unnatural, ___________ for those at table, it involves a vast amount __ leaning and stretching, of waiting and perambulating, and it ___ just that vice against which, in English history, all _____ movements have been made ---- it is arbitrary.