Arcadian Adventures With the Idle Rich

Arcadian Adventures With the Idle Rich

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Arcadian Adventures With the Idle Rich by Stephen Leacock

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1914

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trols from its cradle an entire New Jersey corporation. The United States attorney-general is suing her as she sits, in a vain attempt to make her dissolve herself into constituent companies. Near by is a child of four, in a khaki suit, who represents the merger of two trunk-line railways. You may meet in the flickered sunlight any number of little princes and princesses far more real than the poor survivals of Europe. Incalculable infants wave their fifty-dollar ivory rattles in an inarticulate greeting to one another. A million dollars of preferred stock laughs merrily in recognition of a majority control going past in a go-cart drawn by an imported nurse. And through it all the sunlight falls through the elm trees, and the birds sing and the motors hum, so that the whole world as seen from the boulevard of Plutoria Avenue is the very pleasantest place imaginable.

Just below Plutoria Avenue, and parallel with it, the trees die out and the brick and stone of the City begins in earnest. Even from the Aven

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(1914) Humor (Satirical)


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The rich gather at The Mausoleum Club, to comment, plan and scheme.
All things are under consideration, especially their wealth (how to keep and expand it).