Friday, March 13, 2009

Alma Mater

I've been somewhat closeted in the office today between people dropping in and catching up with Romania, so I have spent rather longer with middle Ms. Lear than normal.
We were discussing her schooling, which was partly at Oxenfoord outside Edinburgh, where both her mother, the present Mrs. Lear, and Grandmother, the mad Goatherd's daughter, went.
We were actually discussing class, and she made the point that even in this august establishment, the emphasis in her day was on getting on with people, not looking down on them and generally regarding the cleaning ladies as worthy.
As she said, " Well, they taught you to make a ball gown and smoked salmon mousse, so it was pretty basic really."

I don't think she quite has the same idea about egalitarianism as I do....

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