The early part of the novel reveals one I think of as most shocking, and that is how the aristocrat runs down a small boy with his speeding carriage and, as recompense, tosses a few coins in the street at the father.
With a wild rattle and clatter, and an inhuman abandonment of consideration not easy to be understood in these days, the carriage dashed through streets and swept round corners, with women screaming before it, and men clutching each other and clutching children out of its way. At last, swooping at a street corner by a fountain, one of its wheels came to a sickening little jolt, and there was a loud cry from a number of voices, and the horses reared and plunged.
"Killed!" shrieked the man, in wild desperation, extending both arms at their length above his head, and staring at him. "Dead!"
He threw out a gold coin ... [and the] tall man called out again with a most unearthly cry, "Dead!"