I remember an incident when I was teaching in Tehran. We had a new history teacher who had graduated from the University of the South whose Southern accent was almost inpenetrable and whose political views were slightly to the right of Genghis Khan. One of the English teachers at the school was Indian and usually wore her sari to school. One day, the Southerner complimented her on how well she had managed to master English. She drew herself up to her full height, looked down her aristocratic nose and informed him that English was, indeed, her first language. "Oh," he said, "I assumed that was Indian..." "Well," she replied, "One did have to know some Hindi to speak to the servants, but amongst ourselves, we always spoke English..."