‘What is civilization?’ A deep and vital question we need to keep asking. I liked this pithy response, particularly one scoop coffee-flavoured with one scoop raspberry and one of mango sorbet. In a silver cup on a sunny terrace. That’s civilization.

‘What is civilization?’ asked Bridget.  ‘Ices,’ said Roger, ‘and all that sort of thing.’

Source: Arthur Ransome, Secret Water (London: Vintage, 2014 (1939)), p. 372

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