Context: Swift's dialogues in this work were designed for a didactic purpose: to instruct young people in the art of polite conversation, an art the author feared was slipping away in the eighteenth century. Swift said, with some grain of modesty, ". . . the whole genius, humour, politeness and eloquence of England are summed up in it. . . ." The characters of the dialogues are ladies and gentleman of quality and refinement. In this dialogue the setting is a dinner at the home of Lord and Lady Smart. Sir John, who has just left, is the topic of conversation. Mr. Neverout believes the departed guest comes from the village of Hock-Norton, which he refers to as Hog's-Norton. The reference to hogs playing the organ is explained by the fact that the organist in the village church happens to be named Piggs. Neverout denies he is a close friend of Sir John:
NEVEROUTFaith, I believe, he was bred at Hog's Norton, where the pigsplay upon the organs.LORD SPARKISHWhy, Tom, I thought you and he were hand-and-glove.NEVEROUTFaith, he shall have a clean threshold for me; I never darkenedhis door in my life, neither in town nor country. . . .