[...]when you were so much surprised at what you called, in politest German, my colossally good English. From her I kw that people in England do t buy their son-in-law's carpets and saucepans, but confine their helpfulness to suggesting Maple. It is the husband, they think, who should, like the storks of the Fatherland, prepare and beautify the nest for the wife. If the girl has money, so much the better; but if she has t, said my mother, it doesn't put an absolute stop to her marrying. Here, it does; and I belong here. My mother had some money, or my father would never have let himself[...].