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Hence a kind of superiority complex, of which I will give a few examples . * Or at least, he is only informed as to things which will encourage him in his own frame of mind . 48 " A few years ago Germany and the United States still had something to teach us on a few points. But now we have nothing more to learn from foreigners . " As a matter of fact, though they do take some interest in what is happening in foreign parts, they are far more concerned about what the foreigner thinks of them . What really interests them is to know whether we admire them enough .

The wine is often good (I remember in particular some delicious vintages of Tzinandali, in Kakhetia) ; the beer is (in Leningrad) passable . Some of the smoked 37 possible . " Here you are obliged to choose what is offered you . Take it or leave it . From the moment that the State is at once the maker, buyer, and seller of everything, improvement of quality can only come with improvement of culture. Then, in spite of my anti-capitalism, I think of all those in our own country, from the great manufacturer to the small trader, who are continually racking their brains to invent some way of flattering the public taste .

Every morning Pravda teaches them just what they should know and think and believe. And he who strays from the path had better beware ! So that every time you talk to one Russian you feel as if you were talking to them all . Not exactly that everyone obeys a word of command ; but everything is so arranged that nobody can differ from anybody else . Remember that this moulding of the spirit begins in earliest infancy. . This explains their extraordinary attitude of acceptance 45 one regrets, you are delighted with what is offered you .

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