The Honorable James Barker, one of the most powerful officials in the English Government (by this time a rigidly official one), was a lean and elegant young man, with a blank handsome face and bleak blue eyes. He had a great amount of intellectual capacity, of that peculiar kind which raises a man from throne to throne and lets him die loaded with honours without having amused or enlightened the mind of a single man.

G.K Chesterton, "The Napoleon of Notting Hill"

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