George Cruikshank

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The Armed Forces

The armed forces

Standing beneath everyone, including the layer of unskilled workers, is the British Navy, the Merchant marine, and the Army. These institutions, in Cruikshank's vision of the perfectly ordered society, serve as the bedrock of the commonwealth. They are also, similar in many ways to the hierarchy that Cruikshank idolizes. Like the larger society, the military and paramilitary organizations of the British beehive are highly hierarchical and each man within it knows his role and place.