I believe, thinking about it now, that he was a man who felt it was important to do 'the done thing'. He skied at St. Moritz and summered at the family estate in Prussia; he read the current books, precisely because they were current. For Uncle Erwin, there was a curriculum for living in which the things to do had been set down by others. The satisfactions and pleasures of life consisted less in doing them than in having ticked them off the list.
Anna Funder, All That I Am