Quotes / The British Empire

Mr. Banks: You see, Michael, you'll be part of... railways through Africa!
Mr. Dawes Sr.: Exactly!
Mr. Banks: Dams across the Nile!
Mr. Dawes Sr.: The ships! Tell them about the ships!
Mr. Banks: Fleets of ocean greyhounds!
Mr. Dawes Sr.: More! Tell them more!
Mr. Banks: Majestic, self-amortizing canals!
Mr. Dawes Sr.: How it fires the imagination!
Mr. Banks: Plantations of ripening teeeeeeeaaaaaaa!
— "Fidelity Fiduciary Bank", Mary Poppins

"Every one agreed that General Gordon had been avenged at last. Who could doubt it? General Gordon himself, possibly, fluttering, in some remote Nirvana, the pages of a phantasmal Bible, might have ventured on a satirical remark. But General Gordon had always been a contradictious person—even a little off his head, perhaps, though a hero; and besides, he was no longer there to contradict...At any rate, it had all ended very happily - in a glorious slaughter of twenty thousand Arabs, a vast addition to the British Empire, and a step in the Peerage for Sir Evelyn Baring."
Lytton Strachey, Eminent Victorians, "The End of General Gordon", final paragraph.

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