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1884 Excerpt: ...intoxicated by the exceptional homage of all
American classes to his just fame as a writer, and undertook to
march into the Presidential Mansion itself, with a sort of 'hail,
fellow, well met ' freedom, to teach Executive and cabinet that the
international copyright scheme of the author of 'Pickwick ' must no
longer be disregarded. Well, at that point he was himself taught,
and sharply, that even a "Boz " might presume too far upon the
social equalities of a republic. So, upon going home, he berated us
hysterically in 'Martin Chuzzlewit', --not to mention his 'American
Notes.' "Now, Doctor Hedland, I put it to your own sense of
justice--is it fair for you, Europeans, to assume, gratuitously,
that we, Americans, have less sense of degrees in social refinement
than all the remainder of mankind; and so accuse us of false
pretense, because you see, upon coming amongst us, that the
assumption has egregiously misled you?" Hedland was too acute not
to realize that he was being sarcastically arraigned, by
implication, as a middle-class English representative who had found
his undue social expectations to be a fallacy in America The
profoundly silent attention of the company; the irrepressible
twinkle in the Rajah's eyes, and the now intensely animated
expression of Abretta's listening face; did not tend to make him
more philosophical under the lecture he had wantonly brought upon
himself. "We have digressed from the real point at issue between
us, Mr. Effingham," said he, in supercilious dismissal of the
general question. "You have asserted that adherence to party in
American politics is decided by social preference. I have replied
that such a principle is more essentially aristocratic than any
permanent phase of European aristocr...
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Robert Henry Newell
||246 x 189 x 8mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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