Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 546. Sunday, 12 Sept. 1993.
From: John Lavagnino <
Date: Sunday, 12 Sep 1993 11:17 EDT
Subject: Re: Wanamaker, CBE
In response to Terence Hawkes's inquiry: no, I at least don't find it
distasteful that an American citizen should accept a title like
"Commander of the British Empire"; I find it amusing. Cultures vary
from country to country, not just from century to century; I can believe
that this honor (and the Globe business generally) can seem appalling to
those in the UK, but in the context of American culture it all looks
different. Titles like CBE, to us, are one of those quaint things they
have over in Merrie England that make it such an interesting tourist
attraction, and I'd accept such a title too just for the fun of it.
Well, I'd probably decide not to, as a gesture of support for friends in
the UK who are against such things, but you see what I mean.
Recall the incident in *The Portrait of a Lady* when Isabel Archer,
newly arrived in England, is introduced to Lord Warburton: she says,
``Oh, I hoped there would be a lord; it's just like a novel!'' She
refuses to marry him all the same.
Department of English and American Literature, Brandeis University