196. "I knew him when..."
"Why, Sir, a man is very apt to complain of the ingratitude of
those who have risen far above him. A man when he gets into a
higher sphere, into other habits of life, cannot keep up all his
former connections. Then, Sir, those who knew him formerly upon
a level with themselves, may think that they ought still to be
treated as on a level, which cannot be; and an acquaintance in a
former situation may bring out things which it would be very
disagreeable to have mentioned before higher company, though,
perhaps, everybody knows of them."