The Home: Cold, but Warmer

The source and strength of the British national character, as everyone knows, lie in keeping things cold and damp. Sangfroid has been bred into generations of Britons by keeping toast in racks cleverly devised to cool it fast and, above all, by not heating their houses. Limited areas of the living room may be heated by small gas or electric heaters, or by cheerful-looking coal fires against which a man can warm his legs while his breath smokes in the air. Until recently, refrigerators were considered unnecessary, and the traditional British bedroom is a cave of the winds for which...

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