In A.D. 1933 [...] the writer of this Study, [staying in a] village in the North Riding of Yorkshire [...], had neighbours who, at that moment, were giving hospitality to relatives of theirs who had been thrown out of work in Leeds by an “economic blizzard” that was then sweeping over the face of an Industrialized World, and he had been hearing these countryfolk describe the impressions that their town-bred cousins had been making on them. The description had been forcible and vivid; for the good-natured hosts had been amazed and horrified by their progressive discovery of their unfortunate guests’ extraordinary manners and customs.
“Why, they don’t know how to cook and they don’t know how to sew and they don’t know how to cure a ham; and then, in the evenings, they can’t even sit at home and talk, because they have nothing in their heads to talk about. Their only notion of enjoying themselves is to take the bus to Malton and kill time at an ‘entertainment’ – ‘the pictures’ or something of the kind.”
A Study of History, Vol IX, OUP, 1954