The English obsession with dogs. Sculpting in flesh, the contours of temperment, the angle of the jaw, a certain sensibility. The long view.
.KING LEAR: What art thou?
KENT: A very honest-hearted fellow, and as poor as the king.
KING LEAR: If thou be as poor for a subject as he is for a king, thou art poor enough. What wouldst thou?
KING LEAR: Who wouldst thou serve?
KING LEAR: Dost thou know me, fellow?
KENT: No, sir; but you have that in your countenance which I would fain call master.
KING LEAR: What’s that?
— William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act I, Scene IV