John Ruskin was a good deal of a fool, especially when he asked some one, presumably his reader, “Will you go and gossip with your housemaid or your stable-boy when you may talk with kings and queens?” The correct answer is YES. It is not wholesome to live too much with royalty; the fare is too rich for the untitled stomach. Moreover, you often learn more by talking with the stable-boy than by interviewing the college professor.
(Warren Barton Blake, “Books We Re-read,” The Century, Vol. LXXXVIII, 1914, p. 632).