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Senate majority leader practices politics of personal destruction
Topic - Margaret Powell
It's hard to know which brings more viewers to something like "Downton Abbey": the grand life above stairs in the great house or the bustling turmoil that makes it all possible. Certainly, its attraction is rooted in the contrast between a grandeur to ogle and a world of drudgery to deplore.
As she tells us, there were no labor-saving devices: that "four foot long steel fender, with a tremendous shovel, tongs, and poker all in steel ... had to be done with emery paper" and the polish for the grate had to come from a hard lump left out overnight to soften in a suitable consistency.