Precedence in Vanity Fair

Precedence in Vanity Fair. From English Society. Sketched by George du Maurier. Click on image to enlarge it.

The lady guests go in to dinner with the host and young Sir John and young Sir James and the Hon. Dick Swiveller, while the hostess naturally takes the arm of her nephew, Lord Goslin (just from Eton, so that, as the party is just two ladies short, Dr. Jones, the great historian, and Professor Brown, the famous philologist (whose wives have not been asked), bring up the rear together.

The Doctor.—“ Well, Professor, we may be of less consequence than the rest, but at all events we’re the oldest and the most renowned !”

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English Society. Sketched by George du Maurier. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1897.

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