He always had a sobering opinion, was a keen observer of social trends, and most importantly, he described things as he saw them while infusing his writings with a sense of history, perspective, and wit. Oh, and he was a real gentleman who opined with reason rather than emotion, or so he seemed. Quite a sportsman too.
I smile thinking of what he might have written about the character drawing the carriage. My guess is something about species appropriation, celebration, and free will.