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What Englishwomen lack is the light-footed mobility of those Europeans

What Englishwomen lack is the light-footed mobility of those Europeans. Vogue, January 1997, p.89

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Englishwomen’s feet

But even the English diet seems to me to give the intellect heavy feet—in fact, Englishwomen’s feet… Friedrich Nietzsche, “Why I am so clever”, in Ecce Homo, p.30

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Our cloudy climate and our chilly women

Our cloudy climate and our chilly women. Byron, Beppo, stanza 48

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Oh damn the English!

You see, my darling girl, it isn’t quite done over here to parade one’s emotions so publicly. We as a race, on the whole, prefer to—understate. Do you understand my darling?—I was guilty of bad form, especially as, I think I did, I cried a bit when I told them… Oh damn

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Self-pollution is a sin against nature

FOR Fornication and Adultery itself, tho’ heinous Sins, we have Frailty and Nature to plead; but SELF-POLLUTION is a Sin, not only against Nature, but a Sin, that perverts and extinguishes Nature, and he who is guilty of it, is labouring at the Destruction of his Kind, and in a manner strikes

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Perpetuate the world without this trivial and vulgar way of coition

I could be content that we might procreate like trees, without conjunction, or that there were any way to perpetuate the world without this trivial and vulgar way of coition. Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici, pt. 2, sct. 9 (1643).

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I wish you five hundred miles away

we awake to meet the day we say good-morning and I wish you five hundred miles away. Roger McGough, after the merrymaking, love?

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Unable to sustain relationships and prizes her freedom above the collective good of the class

She is unable to sustain relationships and prizes her freedom above the collective good of the class. We encourage self-sufficiency, but your daughter [Britain] seems totally self-absorbed. Lesley White, “Riot Acts”, The Sunday Times Magazine, 21 July 1996, p. 44

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England may be a copulating country but it is not an erotic country

The fact remains that England may be a copulating country but it is not an erotic country… Girls are being taken to bed, to be sure, but they are not courted; they are being made love to but they are not pursued. Women are quite willing to go to bed but they

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This soul’s prison we call England

This soul’s prison we call England. George Bernard Shaw, Heartbreak House (Hector in Act III)
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