"We earls step high," Lord Ickenham assured her. "The best is none too good for us."
"It must be great being an earl."
"It's terrific. I often lie awake at night, aching with pity for the poor devils who aren't."
"Though I suppose you know you're an anachronistic parasite on the body of the state? Or so Otis says. He's just become a Communist."
"He has, has he? Well, you can tell him from me that if he starts any nonsense of trying to hang me from a lamppost, I shall speak very sharply to him. Doesn't he like earls?"
"Not much. He think's they're bloodsuckers."
(from Uncle Dynamite, by Sir Pelham Wodehouse)