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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Birds of a feather is written up everywhere in hell

The proverb birds of a feather is written up everywhere in hell—we follow it out naturally; people here have an exquisitely developed instinct that helps them to judge in a moment of those they meet, aided—I should add—by the transparency of clothes. It is of course not quite easy here to carry out such principles, still, society manages very generally to keep itself to itself. We eschew vulgarity and turn our back upon anything likely to shock our notions of good-breeding.

Letters from Hell, L. W. J. S., Richard Bentley & Son, London, 1889