The Englishman (Gogarty, 1937)

1.51-53. Oliver St. John Gogarty, As I Was Going Down Sackville Street: A Phantasy in Fact, (London: Rich & Cowan, Ltd., 1937), p. 254. BL 010821.ff.38

An extract from Oliver St. J. Gogarty, As I Was Going Down Sackville Street (1937), on the Englishman’s ‘silent strength’.

In this extract, Gogarty reflects on a visit to London in terms which offer a different perspective on the Englishman to Mulligan’s criticisms of Haines at 1.51-53. Perhaps most of interest here is the wish not to appear “ungrateful”:

What constitutes the Englishman’s silent strength? He is loth to say or waste words on an outsider. He wants to keep them all for his club. He won’t let a foreigner in on it. . . . England extends freedom to everyone but its own citizens. They are all watching, watching! Commenting and criticising among themselves. Let me get out before I go back on all my ideas of the freedom of Englishmen. Before I appear ungrateful.