The set of unhappy families would, I suppose, be an example of what Wittgenstein calls a family, since each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, this not evidently preventing them from each being called an unhappy family. And happy families, being all alike, perhaps compose a class that is closed under
necessary and sufficient conditions.
“Rome reminds me of a man who lives by exhibiting to travellers his grandmother’s corpse.”
Mrs. Rouncewell holds this opinion because she considers that a family of such antiquity and importance has a right to a ghost. She regards a ghost as one of the privileges of the upper classes, a genteel distinction to which the common people have no claim.