10 October 2010

Quotable Powell #75

On the way to Brussels we passed a small cart pulled by a muscular-looking dog.
'Once you would have seen that in my country,' said Hlava.'Now our standards have risen. Dogs no longer work.'
'That one seems positively to like it.'
This particular dog was making a great parade of how well he was accomplishing his task.
'Dogs are so ambitious,' agreed Hlava.
'The Field-Marshal's dogs seemed so. Do you suppose they were pressing for promotion?'

[Anthony Powell, The Military Philosophers]
[Contributed by Keith Marshall]