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Impressions of London Social Life
Ehrman Syme Nadal (1843–1922)
 
Impressions of London Social Life, with Other Papers, by E. S. Nadal (1875), is a collection of short essays suggested to the author by his residence in London as a secretary of legation. From the standpoint of a loyal American, he notes in kindly, not too critical fashion the differences between life in England and at home. “London society is far the most perfect thing of the kind in the world”; and in New York, with its lack of social tradition and its constantly changing elements, Mr. Nadal thinks there can never be anything at all like it. He would admire it still more if it were not for the rigid canons of propriety, which forbid all public expression of individuality. The sturdy Englishman, so fond of asserting his independence, is after all curiously sensitive to public opinion; and hence his conservatism and apparent snobbishness. There is a pleasant description of life at Oxford, which makes that college seem like a great genial club; and one where the undergraduate is a person of far less importance than at Harvard or Cambridge.  1
  Mr. Nadal touches lightly upon the social life at court; the Queen’s drawing-room at Buckingham Palace, and the Prince of Wales’s less grand but pleasanter levees at St. James’s Palace. In its genial, homely, cultivated charm, he finds English scenery very different from American: for “there [England] man is scarcely conscious of the presence of nature; while here nature is scarcely conscious of the presence of man.”  2
 
 
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