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The lounge of the main hotel is full of jollity, with large comfortable men sitting in braces; the bar is packed with talkative intellectuals, full of witty disloyalties. The next week the main hotel is suddenly full of dinner-jackets and large hats. The girls are dressed as if for a weekend in the country. When one of the great men of the party comes through, the crowd edges respectfully away, murmuring loyal noises.

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Anthony Terrell Seward Sampson (August 3, 1926December 18, 2004) was a British journalist. During the 1950s he edited the magazine Drum in Johannesburg, South Africa. On returning to the United Kingdom he began a series of major books with Anatomy of Britain (1963). His main themes were how Britain works, as a state, and large corporations.

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