"Betty controls our behavior through her own brand of snobbery. Her technique is quite clever. She established early on in our lives that there were only two types of people in the world. We were free to join either group.
There were the losers who pick their noses, hurl abuse at passers-by, and tread dog poo into the house. These individuals, according to Betty, 'have no bloody savoir faire.' These people will spend their lives eating greasy fish and chips and working in factories. They contribute nothing to the world: 'They take in oxygen and give out carbon dioxide.'
And then there are the fabulous people, the life enhancers, people who, even if they work in the same factories, always somehow manage to look great, smell great, and never arrive at other people's houses empty-handed. These people are committed to the concept of gracious living. These are our people."
Simon Doonan, on his mother's perspective, in his new (fabulous) book, Eccentric Glamour.