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The Arena

Volume 4, No. 24, November, 1891

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1891
Language: English
Wordcount: 52,761 / 163 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.6
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 794
Added to site: 2008.06.28
mnybks.net#: 21354
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Periodical
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uld be far more endurable, this socially rampant and ubiquitous Wall Street man, if he revealed the least shred of respect for those ideas and faiths on which his hard, cold course of living has necessarily trampled rough-hooved. He is so bright and intelligent, as a rule, that you wonder why he is so phenomenally vulgar. But his brightness and intelligence are of the quality, nearly always, that throws into hysteric giggles the "summer girl" on piazzas of third-rate hotels. Ordinarily, too, he has not the faintest conception of how deeply and darkly he bores people who would live apart from him, from his bejewelled and supercilious wife (her pretty head always goes an inch further backward when "Tom" or "Dick" has "made a strike in stocks"), and from the French maid, with her frilled cap, whom his children gabble to in their grammarless American-French, but whose unctuous idioms are Sanscrit alike to madame and himself.

Conceive that you or I shall wish to talk with the ordinary Wall Street man, on th

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