We were talking to Mary Midgley about her schooldays this evening, and she said that in the Thirties, when she was at achool at “Downe House,”:http://www.downehouse.berks.sch.uk/introduction/index.php many of the girls kept on their bedside tables photographs which showed their sisters or even their mothers being “presented at court.”:http://www.btinternet.com/~sbishop100/court1.jpg What would the contemporary equivalent be? I dont mean ‘what would be the pictures that girls in Downe House today keep on their bedside tables?’. I know, because I have seen dorms there (don’t ask). But what would be the equivalent badge of belonging to the ruling class?
PS, for the biologically inclined. Yes, the school is named after Darwin’s home, and was started there; but it moved to Berkshire after the first world war.