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Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 22 Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 22

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 22
XXII.We had made an appointment to meet the ladies at the dining-hall for dinner, after which, having some engagement, they left us sitting at table there, discussing our wine and cigars with a multitude of other matters. "Doctor," said I, in the course of our talk, "morally speaking, your social system is one which I should be insensate not to admire in comparison with any previously in vogue in the world, and especially with that of my own most unhappy century. If I were to fall into a mesmeric sleep tonight as lasting as that other and meanwhile the course of... Long Stories - Post by : ursfehr32 - Date : July 2011 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 2425

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 21 Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 21

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 21
XXI.It had been suggested by Dr. Leete that we should devote the next morning to an inspection of the schools and colleges of the city, with some attempt on his own part at an explanation of the educational system of the twentieth century. "You will see," said he, as we set out after breakfast, "many very important differences between our methods of education and yours, but the main difference is that nowadays all persons equally have those opportunities of higher education which in your day only an infinitesimal portion of the population enjoyed. We should think we had gained nothing worth... Long Stories - Post by : schulle - Date : July 2011 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 2640

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 20 Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 20

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 20
XX.That afternoon Edith casually inquired if I had yet revisited the underground chamber in the garden in which I had been found. "Not yet," I replied. "To be frank, I have shrunk thus far from doing so, lest the visit might revive old associations rather too strongly for my mental equilibrium." "Ah, yes!" she said, "I can imagine that you have done well to stay away. I ought to have thought of that." "No," I said, "I am glad you spoke of it. The danger, if there was any, existed only during the first day or two. Thanks to you, chiefly... Long Stories - Post by : celinehoran - Date : July 2011 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 2936

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 19 Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 19

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 19
XIX.In the course of an early morning constitutional I visited Charlestown. Among the changes, too numerous to attempt to indicate, which mark the lapse of a century in that quarter, I particularly noted the total disappearance of the old state prison. "That went before my day, but I remember hearing about it," said Dr. Leete, when I alluded to the fact at the breakfast table. "We have no jails nowadays. All cases of atavism are treated in the hospitals." "Of atavism!" I exclaimed, staring. "Why, yes," replied Dr. Leete. "The idea of dealing punitively with those unfortunates was given up at... Long Stories - Post by : mrcfunds - Date : July 2011 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 2528

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 18 Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 18

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 18
XVIII.That evening I sat up for some time after the ladies had retired, talking with Dr. Leete about the effect of the plan of exempting men from further service to the nation after the age of forty-five, a point brought up by his account of the part taken by the retired citizens in the government. "At forty-five," said I, "a man still has ten years of good manual labor in him, and twice ten years of good intellectual service. To be superannuated at that age and laid on the shelf must be regarded rather as a hardship than a favor by... Long Stories - Post by : noel2005 - Date : July 2011 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 1098

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 17 Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 17

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 17
XVII.I found the processes at the warehouse quite as interesting as Edith had described them, and became even enthusiastic over the truly remarkable illustration which is seen there of the prodigiously multiplied efficiency which perfect organization can give to labor. It is like a gigantic mill, into the hopper of which goods are being constantly poured by the train-load and shipload, to issue at the other end in packages of pounds and ounces, yards and inches, pints and gallons, corresponding to the infinitely complex personal needs of half a million people. Dr. Leete, with the assistance of data furnished by me... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : July 2011 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 1240

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 16 Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 16

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 16
XVI.Next morning I rose somewhat before the breakfast hour. As I descended the stairs, Edith stepped into the hall from the room which had been the scene of the morning interview between us described some chapters back. "Ah!" she exclaimed, with a charmingly arch expression, "you thought to slip out unbeknown for another of those solitary morning rambles which have such nice effects on you. But you see I am up too early for you this time. You are fairly caught." "You discredit the efficacy of your own cure," I said, "by supposing that such a ramble would now be attended... Long Stories - Post by : lkpatsey - Date : July 2011 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 1838

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 15 Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 15

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 15
XV.When, in the course of our tour of inspection, we came to the library, we succumbed to the temptation of the luxurious leather chairs with which it was furnished, and sat down in one of the book-lined alcoves to rest and chat awhile.(1) "Edith tells me that you have been in the library all the morning," said Mrs. Leete. "Do you know, it seems to me, Mr. West, that you are the most enviable of mortals." "I should like to know just why," I replied. "Because the books of the last hundred years will be new to you," she answered. "You... Long Stories - Post by : hypernova5 - Date : July 2011 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 3492

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 14 Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 14

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 14
XIV.A heavy rainstorm came up during the day, and I had concluded that the condition of the streets would be such that my hosts would have to give up the idea of going out to dinner, although the dining-hall I had understood to be quite near. I was much surprised when at the dinner hour the ladies appeared prepared to go out, but without either rubbers or umbrellas. The mystery was explained when we found ourselves on the street, for a continuous waterproof covering had been let down so as to inclose the sidewalk and turn it into a well lighted... Long Stories - Post by : Jerry_Zhou - Date : July 2011 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 804

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 13 Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 13

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 13
XIII.As Edith had promised he should do, Dr. Leete accompanied me to my bedroom when I retired, to instruct me as to the adjustment of the musical telephone. He showed how, by turning a screw, the volume of the music could be made to fill the room, or die away to an echo so faint and far that one could scarcely be sure whether he heard or imagined it. If, of two persons side by side, one desired to listen to music and the other to sleep, it could be made audible to one and inaudible to another. "I should strongly... Long Stories - Post by : panca - Date : July 2011 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 2851

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 12 Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 12

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 12
XII.The questions which I needed to ask before I could acquire even an outline acquaintance with the institutions of the twentieth century being endless, and Dr. Leete's good-nature appearing equally so, we sat up talking for several hours after the ladies left us. Reminding my host of the point at which our talk had broken off that morning, I expressed my curiosity to learn how the organization of the industrial army was made to afford a sufficient stimulus to diligence in the lack of any anxiety on the worker's part as to his livelihood. "You must understand in the first place,"... Long Stories - Post by : wjlucas - Date : July 2011 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 1705

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 11 Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 11

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 11
XI.When we arrived home, Dr. Leete had not yet returned, and Mrs. Leete was not visible. "Are you fond of music, Mr. West?" Edith asked. I assured her that it was half of life, according to my notion. "I ought to apologize for inquiring," she said. "It is not a question that we ask one another nowadays; but I have read that in your day, even among the cultured class, there were some who did not care for music." "You must remember, in excuse," I said, "that we had some rather absurd kinds of music." "Yes," she said, "I know that;... Long Stories - Post by : techguru - Date : July 2011 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 2688

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 10 Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 10

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 10
X."If I am going to explain our way of shopping to you," said my companion, as we walked along the street, "you must explain your way to me. I have never been able to understand it from all I have read on the subject. For example, when you had such a vast number of shops, each with its different assortment, how could a lady ever settle upon any purchase till she had visited all the shops? for, until she had, she could not know what there was to choose from." "It was as you suppose; that was the only way she... Long Stories - Post by : Saadia_Tariq - Date : July 2011 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 2810

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 9 Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 9

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 9
IX.Dr. and Mrs. Leete were evidently not a little startled to learn, when they presently appeared, that I had been all over the city alone that morning, and it was apparent that they were agreeably surprised to see that I seemed so little agitated after the experience. "Your stroll could scarcely have failed to be a very interesting one," said Mrs. Leete, as we sat down to table soon after. "You must have seen a good many new things." "I saw very little that was not new," I replied. "But I think what surprised me as much as anything was not... Long Stories - Post by : eHits - Date : July 2011 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 947

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 8 Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 8

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 8
VIII.When I awoke I felt greatly refreshed, and lay a considerable time in a dozing state, enjoying the sensation of bodily comfort. The experiences of the day previous, my waking to find myself in the year 2000, the sight of the new Boston, my host and his family, and the wonderful things I had heard, were a blank in my memory. I thought I was in my bed-chamber at home, and the half-dreaming, half-waking fancies which passed before my mind related to the incidents and experiences of my former life. Dreamily I reviewed the incidents of Decoration Day, my trip in... Long Stories - Post by : mmann - Date : July 2011 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 3116

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 7 Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 7

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 7
VII."It is after you have mustered your industrial army into service," I said, "that I should expect the chief difficulty to arise, for there its analogy with a military army must cease. Soldiers have all the same thing, and a very simple thing, to do, namely, to practice the manual of arms, to march and stand guard. But the industrial army must learn and follow two or three hundred diverse trades and avocations. What administrative talent can be equal to determining wisely what trade or business every individual in a great nation shall pursue?" "The administration has nothing to do with... Long Stories - Post by : eolim - Date : July 2011 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 2079

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 6 Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 6

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 6
VI.Dr. Leete ceased speaking, and I remained silent, endeavoring to form some general conception of the changes in the arrangements of society implied in the tremendous revolution which he had described. Finally I said, "The idea of such an extension of the functions of government is, to say the least, rather overwhelming." "Extension!" he repeated, "where is the extension?" "In my day," I replied, "it was considered that the proper functions of government, strictly speaking, were limited to keeping the peace and defending the people against the public enemy, that is, to the military and police powers." "And, in heaven's name,... Long Stories - Post by : John_Taylor - Date : July 2011 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 3419

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 5 Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 5

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 5
V.When, in the course of the evening the ladies retired, leaving Dr. Leete and myself alone, he sounded me as to my disposition for sleep, saying that if I felt like it my bed was ready for me; but if I was inclined to wakefulness nothing would please him better than to bear me company. "I am a late bird, myself," he said, "and, without suspicion of flattery, I may say that a companion more interesting than yourself could scarcely be imagined. It is decidedly not often that one has a chance to converse with a man of the nineteenth century."... Long Stories - Post by : Dan_Cote - Date : July 2011 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 1518

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 4 Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 4

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 4
IV.I did not faint, but the effort to realize my position made me very giddy, and I remember that my companion had to give me a strong arm as he conducted me from the roof to a roomy apartment on the upper floor of the house he insisted on my drinking a glass or two of good wine and partaking of a light repast. "I think you are going to be all right now," he said cheerily. "I should not have taken so abrupt a means to convince you of your position if your course, while perfectly excusable under the... Long Stories - Post by : debbob - Date : July 2011 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 3324

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 3 Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 3

Looking Backwards From 2000 To 1887 - Chapter 3
III."He is going to open his eyes. He had better see but one of us at first." "Promise me, then, that you will not tell him." The first voice was a man's, the second a woman's, and both spoke in whispers. "I will see how he seems," replied the man. "No, no, promise me," persisted the other. "Let her have her way," whispered a third voice, also a woman. "Well, well, I promise, then," answered the man. "Quick, go! He is coming out of it." There was a rustle of garments and I opened my eyes. A fine looking man of... Long Stories - Post by : lilbear - Date : July 2011 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 3131