Vulgarly Pale Fog

“The blanching or bleaching of the London fogs, by the improved methods of consuming smoke, must be a very fine thing for the dwellers in that overgrown city. We hear, however, of one old lady, a duchess, who thinks the fog now to be very vulgarly pale; and regrets the good old days of what she thought a much more picturesque gloom.”

Henry Hartshorne, 1931 : A Glance At The Twentieth Century (1881)

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