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The largest and grandest hotel in Gibraltar is The Rock, owned by the Marquis of Bute, who also owns the Hotel Minza in Tangiers. One of his guests is the English wife of the young Spanish fascist nobleman who is General Franco's chauffeur. This young man, until recently, used to pay his visits to his wife at The Rock, dressed in rebel uniform. He has been reprimanded; now he changes into Tangiers and Gibraltar Now mufti at the frontier. The secretary of the Marquis of Bute is the Count de Reventera, an Austrian married to a Spanish wife.

The existence of such individuals is dependent on such a state of society, but insofar as these people justify their own existence they may be said to be in effect counter-revolutionary propagandists. The art which is being and which can be created today is not in any sense proletarian art. It is not easy to think of any writer today who is an artist and whose work appeals to a proletarian audience. A writer like D. H. Lawrence, who was the son of a miner, in the process of becoming a poet and novelist was educated into another class.

This is not to say that all - or nearly all- of the satire in The Dog Beneath the Skin fails. For example, the satire on the invalids in the hospital where an operation is performed by a famous surgeon is extremely successful. With a sure touch, it probes beneath the hygienic surface of the whole atmosphere of the sick bed and reveals an egotism on the part of the patient and a superstition attached to the medical profession, which are not generally recognized, but which, once pointed out, the audience recognizes are true.

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