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Country House Essays is a reader’s site, one to be enjoyed fireside on those long winter weekends in the country or in fairer weather in a sunlit summer sitting room.

So put the kettle on or decant something a bit stronger and enjoy.

Because its blessings are abused, Must gold be censure, cursed, accused? E’en virtue’s self by knaves is made, A cloak to carry on the trade.

— Gay