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1850 edition. Excerpt: ...and how many articles we see for comfort,
cleanliness, and home use and enjoyment, which we miss in the
dwelling of the German or French labourer We overlook them in
England, because they are so common. We miss them abroad, because
they are considered indispensable in the poorest English dwelling.
The labouring man in England, although more ignorant, is more
civilised by his tastes, habits, and wants, than the Continental
man of the same station in life. His tastes, habits, and wants, are
on a higher scale. His ignorance even is principally in matters
without his own sphere of action; but in matters within it, in all
that regards his own craft and business, he is more clever, acute,
and knowing, than the much more highly educated man of the same
trade abroad. If we approach the question nearer, and examine the
means of gratifying the tastes and wants of civilised life, and the
burdens which press upon those means in the social condition v 4
296 CONDITION OF THE CONTINENTAL of the Continental and of the
English working man, the balance of means, as well as of tastes for
a state of well-being, appears considerably in favour of the
latter. It is the common theme of foreign travellers who visit
England, and of many superficial observers among ourselves, that
the social state of the English nation is a monstrous junction of
boundless wealth, extravagance, and luxury above, and of utter
destitution, misery, and suffering below. They look only at the
upper and lower strata of the social mass, and do not perceive that
all between the two is densely filled up with incomes and earnings
of every amount and every fractional difference, from the highest,
the thousands or tens of thousands a year, down to zero. There is
no vacuum in the mass between the top...
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