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A Norman baron, when he was dying, gave to his doting son the following description of the self-will of Sussex men of his time - as related by Kipling:

‘The Saxon is not like us Normans. His manners are not so polite;

But he never means anything serious, ‘till he talks about justice and right.

When he stands like an ox in the furrow, with his sullen-set eyes on your own,

And grumbles, “This isn’t fair dealings,’’ my son leave the Saxon alone.’

Good old Kipling.