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Written by Stephanie
(10/3/2011 11:22 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Something I find rather amusing, penned by Erica M.
I had supposed that the 'endless creations' of the 1700s were during the war with France, which would have been the late 1700s.
However, I have often heard of similar arbitrary cutoffs: there is the stereotype of the American settlers who 'came over on the Mayflower,' like arriving a decade later makes a vast difference when one is talking of centuries of history. (Personally, I like Will Rogers's comment, that his relatives 'met the boat!')
Being wealthy enough to support the king when he needed it was not something to be ashamed of, though. It is simply that in the 21st century we are more impressed with the folks who rose through ability, like the Duke of Wellington. Sir Walter does not share our belief in a meritocracy.
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