Плохие манеры Нью-Йоркцев. Урок английского языка по четвертой части второй главы книги 'Etiquette'
Фрагмент текста на английском языке:
NEW YORK’S BAD MANNERS
New York’s bad manners are often condemned and often very deservedly.
Even though the cause is carelessness rather than intentional indifference,
the indifference is no less actual and the rudeness inexcusable.
It is by no means unheard of that after sitting at table next to the guest of honor,
a New Yorker will meet her the next day with utter unrecognition.
Not because the New Yorker means to “cut” the stranger or feels the slightest unwillingness to continue the acquaintance,
but because few New Yorkers possess enthusiasm enough to make an effort to remember all the new faces they come in contact with,
but allow all those who are not especially “fixed” in their attention, to drift easily out of mind and recognition.
It is mortifyingly true;
no one is so ignorantly indifferent to everything outside his or her own personal concern as the socially fashionable New Yorker,
unless it is the Londoner! The late Theodore Roosevelt was a brilliantly shining exception.
And, of course, and happily, there are other men and women like him in this.