Dalrymple and his wife meet a lout:
…Like all businessmen on trains, he spoke of millions, very loudly. After a few minutes, my wife asked him to speak a little less loudly.
‘This isn’t the quiet carriage,’ he said.
My wife said that nevertheless he should keep his voice down so as not to disturb others, to which he replied:
‘Why don’t you go back to your own country?’
The other sign of the man’s full integration into modern Britain was his supposition that a quiet carriage meant that in other carriages it was perfectly in order to speak as loudly as you liked as long as you liked.