The corpulence of the English

An English rose

An English rose

Arriving in his home country by air recently, Dalrymple is struck by how fat and poorly accoutred the British are.

Not just pleasantly plump, but enormously obese, so that their adiposity seemed almost to suffocate them and made locomotion laborious….they were all very badly dressed, showing themselves to maximum disadvantage. It is possible…for fat women to dress with dignity, but those at the airport had all squeezed themselves into the tightest and scantiest clothes.

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