If character is destiny, what is the character of England now? Her present character may well show whether or not her imperial supremacy—which endured from Queen Elizabeth to Queen Elizabeth—can once again be saved in an hour of peril. And on that destiny-of-character may also largely depend, if her supremacy is almost over, what kind of world the U.S. will presently have to cope with. The following dispatch, by one of TIME's correspondents, is an attempt to estimate England's character—her spirit, her feelings, her attitudes—in the cold wet weather of defeat in 1942's...

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