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Richard Dalloway asked himself. Sir Roderick, Sir Miles, Sir Talbot—that was it. It was remarkable how in that family the likeness persisted in the women. She should have been a general of dragoons herself. And Richard would have served under her, cheerfully; he had the greatest respect for her; he cherished these romantic views about well-set-up old women of pedigree, . . He knew her country. 18 Such sentiments still contribute a not insignificant current to British cultural thinking. For myself, raised in Margate, consider that a Zaket (= Sackett) is mentioned in the twelfth century at neighboring St.
But the point remains that, during this formative period of what is contemporarily viewed as "traditional" British culture, blacks did not get a look in. However, the very fact that traditional British 20 Transatlantic Homes culture did not just "happen," but, as historians show us, that political, economic, and social interests were partly successful in molding it, means that we can mold it again, surely? Culture is plastic, malleable. So—if we deem it to be a worthy national enterprise—we can recreate a new inclusive British tradition.
Indeed, they were worse than the slaves, because, the greatest part of them live in a state of complete idleness, and are usually ignorant and debauched to the last degree. . It is notorious that in many cases whole families of these "free whites" depend for their subsistence on the charity of the slaves. 1 Today some "Red Legs" still live in poverty in the eastern St. Joseph and St. John parishes,2 variously exciting fascination or providing employment for social anthropologists, historians, novelists, race relations experts, and culture-oriented tourists alike.
A Passage to England: Barbadian Londoners Speak of Home by John Western