Definitions of Class

August 10, 2008 at 4:11 pm (Uncategorized)

This from Aldous Huxley’s 1923 novel, Antic Hay. An interesting insight into the way class works on a micro level.

“Gumbril nodded. He himself had envied his securer friends their power of ignoring the humanity of those who were not of their class. To do that really well, one must always have lived in a large house full of clockwork servants; one must never have been short of money, never at a restaurant ordered the cheaper thing instead of the more delicious; one must never have regarded a policeman as anything but one’s paid defender against the lower orders, never for a moment have doubted one’s divine right to do, within the accepted limits, exactly what one liked without a further thought to anything or anyone but  one’s own enjoyment.”

Antic Hay is also notable for the presence of a tailor, Mr Bojanus, who seeks a clientele of “the Best People”  but who is also “a great admirer of Lenin” and expects class habits to be the great undoing of many of his clients.

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