"A regular Roman nose," he used to say, "with my goiter I’ve quite the countenance of an ancient Roman patrician of the decadent period."
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Implicit in the play is a great divide between superiors and inferiors, patricians and plebeians.
T.E. Kalem -- Time, 1973 -- http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,907198,00.html#ixzz0YqB0cDQU(retrieved 12/05/09)
Anticipating in Lapidus pere someone like Schlepperman—the comic Jew of Jack Benny’s radio program, with his Seventh Avenue accent and hopeless solecisms—I had discovered instead a soft-spoken patrician at ease with his wealth, whose voice was pleasantly edged with the broad vowels and lambent languor of Harvard, from which I discovered he had graduated in chemistry summa cum laude, carrying along with him the expertise to produce the victorious Worm.