Foreign News: Houses into History

At 84, the Gloomy Dean, Britain's Very Rev. W. R. Inge, stepped out of retirement to write a cherrily gloomy piece for London's Evening Standard. His theme: the "Passing of the Country House," that spacious, gracious institution as British as the Marble Arch, mutton pie, or Boxing Day. Wrote Dean Inge:

"We are in the midst of a social revolution quite as drastic as the rebellion of the French against Louis XVI. It is more important than the war, now that we are no longer fighting for our lives.

"The great houses which are scattered...

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