Henry James, Jr.
AN ENGLISH EASTER 3
But i_ flourishes f__ all th__, and a__ genteel peo___, looking in__ each oth____ eyes wi__ the despe______ of gent_____, agree t_ endure i_ for genti______ sake. Another arbitrary tri___ is t__ custom o_ depriving t__ unhappy vis____ of a napkin a_ luncheon. When it i_ observed th__ the English luncheon dif____ from din___ only i_ being sev____ degrees mo__ elaborate a__ copious, a__ that i_ the London atmosphere i_ is b__ common cha____, at a__ moment, t_ multiply yo__ guest's opport_______ if n__ for ablu____ at le___ for a *dry pol___,* it wi__ be perc_____ that su__ eccentricities a__ the ve__ wantonness a__ pedantry o_ fashion. But, as I say, th__ flourish, a__ they fo__ part o_ an imm____ body o_ prescriptive usa___, to wh___ a soc____ possessing i_ the lar____ manner, bo__ by tempe______ and educ_____, the se___ of t__ *inalienable* rig___ and comf____ of t__ individual, cont_____ to accom______ itself. I do n__ mean t_ say th__ usage i_ England i_ always uncomf_______ and arbi_____. On t__ contrary, f__ strangers c__ be unfam_____ with th__ sensation (a most agre_____ one) wh___ consists i_ perceiving i_ the exce____ of a custom wh___ has str___ us a_ first a_ a me__ brutal inve_____, a rea___ existing i_ the hist____ *good se___* of t__ English ra__. The sens_____ is freq____, though i_ saying s_ I d_ not me__ to im___ that ev__ superficially t__ presumption i_ against t__ usages o_ English soc____. It i_ not, f__ instance, neces______ against t__ custom o_ which I had i_ more espec_____ in mi__ to sp___ in wri____ these li___. The stra____ in London is forew_____ that a_ Easter a__ the wo___ goes o__ of to__, and th__ if h_ has n_ mind t_ be le__ as lon___ as Marius on t__ ruins o_ Carthage, h_, too, h__ better ma__ arrangements f__ a temp_____ absence.