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LITERATURE: The English - A Portrait of a People by Jeremy Paxman

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I (=the author) once asked her (=Martha Gellhorn, an Am. war correspondent) why she had chosen to live in England. It turned out to be for none of the usual reasons, nothing to do with the standard of the theatre, the good airline connections, the relative quality of the media, or anything like that. She loved England for its absolute indifference. 'I can go away, spend six months in the jungle, come back and walk into a room, and people won't ask a single question about where I've been or what I've been doing. They'll just say, "Lovely to see you. Have a drink."
I suggested it might be natural reticence or a wish not to intrude. But she called it 'the privacy of indifference'.
'I think the English have a superiority complex. The Germans are always asking, "What do you think of us?" They care, you see. The English don't give a damn. They're certain they're superior to everyone else, so they couldn't care less what others think.'


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