the public-house is entertaining

  "And they sacked you!"

  "Not because of that," I said, “but in spite of it. Believe me it was the one thing that made one or two villagers more amiable to me."

  The Scot’s attitude to . If you have any position to keep up you must not enter a public-house … you must get it in by the dozen. When I first went to London and entered a saloon bar in the Strand I was amazed to find women sitting with their husbands; I was also amazed to find no drunks about. In a Scots bar the most apparent phenomenon is wrangling. I never heard an argument in a London bar,: I never saw a drunk man in London, and I was there for two years.

  The public-house in Scotland is not respectable: in England it is. Why this should be I can only guess. The Scot may be a bigger hypocrite than the Englishman; what is more probable is that he may be a harder drinker. In Scotland entering a public-house is synonymous with getting drunk. Yet there are what you might call alcoholic gradations. A respectable farmer may enter a bar without comment, but a teacher must not enter it. He is the guide of the young, and he must be an example. Teachers seldom enter village bars … and yet Scotland is notorious for drinking. If the teachers determined to become regular bar[pg 91] customers I conclude that Scotland would drink herself off the face of the map.


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