Somewhat euphemistic

Lord St John was also accused of spending an excessive amount of time with a small clique of mainly public school-educated young men who, it was alleged, were favoured with introductions to royalty and captains of industry, to dinners at White’s, private theatrical performances at the Master’s Lodge and long, affectionate letters. Such special privileges were extended to very few. Other undergraduates would recall the Master cutting them off in mid-sentence with some disparaging remark in Latin. To bitchy colleagues in other colleges, Emmanuel became known as “Mein Camp”.
In Who’s Who Lord St John described himself, somewhat superfluously, as “unmarried” (the description, coming after details of his parentage, led at least one profile writer to describe him, erroneously, as “illegitimate”). He had a close friend who was a merchant banker, but claimed to be “celibate” or “chaste”.

6 thoughts on “Somewhat euphemistic”

  1. Marge: Homer, he prefers the company of men.
    Homer: Who doesn’t?

    It always makes me laugh anyway……

  2. So Much For Subtlety

    “The trouble with you, Norman,” one listener complained, “is that you’re such a compulsive name dropper.” “The Queen said exactly the same to me yesterday,” came the rejoinder.

    You have to love the dear old Queen don’t you?

    It was said that the dons of the historically Puritan institution first had doubts about whether they had chosen the right man when several of his friends were caught naked one night in the Fellows Garden swimming pool.

    I am sure, I am sure. I hope they were not entirely naked. For safety’s sake, I hope they were wearing their rubber wellies. Can’t be too careful. One of them might go down and not be able to get back up again. You need protection when you don’t know what you might catch in the Fellows Garden swimming pool.

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