The English have been living on the island of great Britain. It is also the birthplace of the Scots and the Welsh. Actually the British are the product of the mixing of many ethnic groups — the ancient Iberian population with the peoples of Indo-European origin: tribes of the Celts, the Germanic tribes of angles, Saxons, Frisians, Jutes, to some extent the Scandinavians, and later the Franco — Normans.
Tenacious national character among all peoples. But not to some people this does not apply to a greater extent than the British, who, apparently, have something like a patent for the vitality of his nature. Thus, the first and most obvious trait of this nation — the stability and constancy of character of its constituent individuals. They are also the least affected by time, transient mod. If authors writing about the English, largely repeat each other, this is due primarily to the immutability of the foundations of the English character. However, it is important to emphasize that, for all its stability, the nature of this is composed of very contradictory, even paradoxical traits, some of which are very obvious, others are subtle, so that every generalization concerning English, can easily be challenged.
Curiosity British allowed them to experience the best of what possess other people, and yet they remained faithful to their traditions. Admiring French cuisine, the Englishman would not imitate it at home. Showing an embodiment of conformity, the British at the same time retain individuality.
It is impossible to claim that the British never changed. Changes occur constantly, but these differences are so visible externally, do not affect the nation.
Good or bad, but the native features of the English nature remain a kind of common denominator, have a profound influence on the national character and General lifestyle.
When it comes to «stiff upper lip» of an Englishman, for these are two concepts — the ability to control himself (the cult of the self) and the ability to appropriately react to life situations (the cult of prescribed behaviour). Neither one nor the other was not peculiar to the British until the early NINETEENTH century. Equanimity and self-control, restraint and courtesy were not the traits of the English character for «merry old England» where the tops and bottoms of different companies was rather violent, violent temper, where the calling behavior was not moral prohibitions, where a favorite scene was a public execution and flogging with rods, bear and cock fights, where even the humor has been implicated in the violence.
The principles of «gentlemanly conduct» was erected in the cult of Queen Victoria. And they prevailed over the temper of the «old England».
The Englishman and now struggles with oneself, the natural passions of his temperament, trying to get out. Such rigid self-control takes too much mental strength. This can be partly explained by the fact that the British heavy to lift, tend to get sharp corners that they are willing to be out of prying eyes, generating the cult of private life.
It is enough to observe the English crowd on a national holiday or a football match to get a feel for how the national temperament is torn from under the bridle of self-control.
Modern Englishmen consider self-control the main advantage of human nature. Words: «Learn to keep your hands to yourself» — like nothing better expresses the motto of this nation. The better a person is able to control himself, so he is worthy. In joy and in sorrow, in success and failure of a person must remain calm, at least outwardly, and even better — if internally. The Englishman from childhood trained to safely endure cold and hunger, overcome pain and fear, to curb affection and dislikes.
Considering the open, the open expression of feelings a sign of bad manners, the English are sometimes wrongly judged about the behavior of foreigners, just as foreigners are often wrongly judged by the British, taking the mask of equanimity in the face or without being aware of why you need to conceal the state of mind under this mask.
The Englishman usually tall, his face broad, reddish, with a soft pendulous cheeks, and large red whiskers and blue impassive eyes. Women, like men, often is also very tall. Those and other long neck, eyes slightly bulging and somewhat protruding front teeth. Often found face without expression. The British are moderation, which they do not forget how, during labor, and in enjoyment. The Englishman almost nothing ostentatious. It’s all live first and foremost for yourself. His nature the love of order, comfort, the desire for mental activity. He enjoys a good transportation, fresh suit, rich library.
Among human bustle it is easy to know a real Englishman. No noise and screaming will not confuse him. He never will stop. Where necessary, he will away, swerve from the sidewalk, vilnet side, never expressing on its important face is not the slightest surprise or fear.
The British simple class, very friendly and helpful. Applicants with any question of the foreigner, the Englishman will take over the shoulder and begin to show him the way with different visual techniques, several times repeating the same thing, and then still be looking at, not believing that the questioner could soon all to understand.
The British are not only able to overcome all obstacles, avoiding the withdrawal, but the work itself is performed them with perfect calmness, so that even nearest neighbor are often not aware that next to him boils gigantic work.
In a country overwhelmed by the fierce winds, rain and fog created conditions in which more people than anywhere else, secluded in their homes and away from their neighbors.
There is no nation in Europe, which would be custom built to be untouchable by the law. Time custom exists, no matter how he was strange, funny or original, no well-bred Englishman would not dare to violate it. Although the Englishman politically free, it is strictly subject to public discipline and deep-rooted customs.
The British are tolerant of other people’s opinion. It’s hard to imagine the extent to which this nation strong passion for the bet. Phenomenon is the proliferation of clubs. The club considered the home, the family sanctuary, the secrets of which no one can break with impunity. Expulsion from the club is the greatest disgrace for an Englishman.
The Englishman feels a strong need in society, but no one better than him can’t be alone among many friends. Without violating the proprieties, he has an excellent ability to be with yourself among the huge crowd, to indulge in his reflections, to do whatever he pleases, never constraining himself or others.
No one knows how strictly allocate your time and money, as an Englishman.
He is hard working but always finds time to relax. In the hours of labor he breaks his back, straining all the mental and physical strength, in his spare time, he willingly surrenders to the pleasure.
Every Englishman, wherever he lives, bears the stamp of his nationality. The Frenchman is not always possible to distinguish it from the Italian or Spaniard, but an Englishman is difficult to confuse with anyone else. Wherever he is, he is everywhere will bring their customs, their demeanor, nowhere and no one will change their habits, it’s everywhere — at home. This is the original, original, extremely solid character.
The Englishman is very conceited. He believes that in his country everything goes better than others. So he looks at the arrogant foreigner, with regret, and often with utter contempt. This lack of English has developed as the result of lack of sociability and an exaggerated perception of their superiority over others.
Money is the idol of the British. No one wealth is held in such high esteem. Whatever the social position of Englishman, whether scientist, lawyer, politician or a priest, first and foremost he is a businessman. On each field he devotes much time to making money. His first concern, always and everywhere — to make as much as possible. But this unbridled greed and lust for profit, the Englishman does not mean: likes to live more comfortably and in a big way.
The British travel a lot and always try to learn more facts, but very little closer to the peoples of the countries they visit. To converge in a foreign land with foreigners does not allow them etiquette, pride, misunderstanding, and contempt for foreign customs. In England nothing becomes waste, nothing is no longer regular your life: next to the legend are restricted innovation.
The Englishman has a natural ability to get adventure. Phlegmatic by nature, he is able to passionately carried away by all the great, new, original. If the life of Englishman composed in such a way that he is deprived of the opportunity to lead a hard struggle with everyday obstacles, he begins to suffer an intolerable melancholy. Then from the oppressive boredom begins to look for entertainment in the strangest adventures.
In art the Englishman loves above all the grandeur and originality. The latter manifests itself, in particular, on a vast scale bridges, monuments, parks, etc.
The ideal of the British is independence, education, dignity, honesty, and unselfishness, tact, elegance of manners, exquisite politeness, the ability to sacrifice time and money for a good cause, ability to lead and to obey, persistence in achieving goals, lack of arrogance.