Quotation by Louis Kronenberger

The Englishman wants to be recognized as a gentleman, or as some other suitable species of human being; the American wants to be considered a good guy. Americans are almost as fearful of being thought eccentric as the English of not seeming like the genuine article. I once knew an Englishman who refused to go out on Easter Monday for fear of being detected in London when all the right people would be elsewhere; but when he went forth on less dangerous occasions, his get-ups were such as no American would wear to a dogfight.
Louis Kronenberger (1904–1980), U.S. critic, editor. "The One and the Many," Company Manners, Bobbs-Merrill (1954).
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