Tuesday, September 26, 2006

A lesson in etiquette ...

... from W.H. Auden via Terry Teachout's Almanac.
Last Friday was the anniversary of the birth of Philip Stanhope, the fourth Earl of Chesterfield, who is said to have advised his son never to insult a man unitentionally (a sentiment echoed in what Auden says). Here are some of Lord Chesterfield's gems.


  1. Ah yes, I had forgotten that Lord and Doctor were out of harmony with each other. Was Chesterfield's slight unintentional, do you think?

  2. Hi Dave,
    Thanks for the info. This should put to rest doubts regarding your existence.