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COMFORTABLE IN THE PRESENCE OF MAJESTY


It isn’t good to be too comfortable in the presence of majesty.


There is a story about a man named Lear who was hired to give Queen Victoria art lessons. Things were going well, and Lear started to feel quite at home in the palace. He enjoyed standing in front of the fire, leaning on the hearth and warming himself in a relaxed manner, but every time he did, one of the Queen’s attendants would invite him to look at something on the other side of the room, making him move. No one explained it to him, but after a while, he got the idea. It is wrong for a subject to have such a relaxed attitude in the presence of their Queen.

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