[LMB] Plot musing on topic

Robert Woodward robertaw at drizzle.com
Mon Feb 10 20:24:41 GMT 2020



> On Feb 10, 2020, at 10:44 AM, markus baur <baur at chello.at> wrote:
> 
> Am 10.02.2020 um 18:02 schrieb Marc Wilson:
>> On Sun, 9 Feb 2020 20:05:03 -0600, Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> The younger son of an English noble was still noble, but just did not
>>> (usually) inherit the estate.  In later times, you'd have the eldest son
>>> expected to inherit, while younger sons were slated for the military, the
>>> clergy or the Bar.
>> The little phrase I've heard for the disposition of sons was "Army,
>> Navy, Divinity, Law, Farming, Medicine, Trade."  (the last, presumably,
>> with a little shudder).
> 
> i would have guessed navy before army, it is after all the senior service
> 

Actually, it wasn’t. The navy only became important after English Civil War (in fact, a primary cause of the ECW was Charles I’s attempt to build a navy).

"We have advanced to new and surprising levels of bafflement."
Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan describes progress in _Komarr_.
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