Today's the birthday of Prime Minister Disraeli,
With Queen Victoria he 'd speak almost daily.
"Greetings, your Majesty. I hope you're well;
I just bought you the Suez Canal."
[John Tenniel: "Disraeli and Victoria Exchanging Gifts" 1876 in Punch Magazine]
"Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits , thoughts, and feelings as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets. The rich and the poor." [Benjamin Disraeli]
Echoes of Dickens.