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Introspection Introspection

Introspection {276} Footnote: {276} December thirty-first, 1888. The close of a year must bring even to the careless and the least inclined toward self-inspection, an hour of thoughtfulness, a desire to glance back across the past, and set one's mental house in order, before starting out on another stage of the journey for that none too distant bourne toward which we all are moving. Our minds are like solitary dwellers in a vast residence, whom habit has accustomed to live in a few only of the countless chambers around them. We have collected from other parts of our lives mental... Essays - Post by : gaelic63 - Date : June 2011 - Author : Eliot Gregory - Read : 4168

A Race Of Slaves A Race Of Slaves

A Race Of Slaves
It is all very well for us to have invaded Europe, and awakened that somnolent continent to the lights and delights of American ways; to have beautified the cities of the old world with graceful trolleys and illuminated the catacombs at Rome with electricity. Every true American must thrill with satisfaction at these achievements, and the knowledge that he belongs to a dominating race, before which the waning civilization of Europe must fade away and disappear. To have discovered Europe and to rule as conquerors abroad is well, but it is not enough, if we are led in chains at... Essays - Post by : dkubb - Date : June 2011 - Author : Eliot Gregory - Read : 2567

A Conquest Of Europe A Conquest Of Europe

A Conquest Of Europe
The most important event in modern history is the discovery of Europe by the Americans. Before it, the peoples of the Old World lived happy and contented in their own countries, practising the patriarchal virtues handed down to them from generations of forebears, ignoring alike the vices and benefits of modern civilization, as understood on this side of the Atlantic. The simple-minded Europeans remained at home, satisfied with the rank in life where they had been born, and innocent of the ways of the new world. These peoples were, on the whole, not so much to be pitied, for... Essays - Post by : talkshow - Date : June 2011 - Author : Eliot Gregory - Read : 4303

The Newport Of The Past The Newport Of The Past

The Newport Of The Past
Few of the "carriage ladies and gentlemen" who disport themselves in Newport during the summer months, yachting and dancing through the short season, then flitting away to fresh fields and pastures new, realize that their daintily shod feet have been treading historic ground, or care to cast a thought back to the past. Oddly enough, to the majority of people the past is a volume rarely opened. Not that it bores them to read it, but because they, like children, want some one to turn over its yellow leaves and point out the pictures to them. Few of... Essays - Post by : Zakaria_os - Date : June 2011 - Author : Eliot Gregory - Read : 3441

American Society In Italy American Society In Italy

American Society In Italy
The phrase at the head of this chapter and other sentences, such as "American Society in Paris," or London, are constantly on the lips of people who should know better. In reality these societies do not exist. Does my reader pause, wondering if he can believe his eyes? He has doubtless heard all his life of these delightful circles, and believes in them. He may even have dined, _en passant_, at the "palace" of some resident compatriot in Rome or Florence, under the impression that he was within its mystic limits. Illusion! An effect of mirage,... Essays - Post by : The_OnUp_Source - Date : June 2011 - Author : Eliot Gregory - Read : 2708

Living On Your Friends Living On Your Friends

Living On Your Friends
Thackeray devoted a chapter in "Vanity Fair" to the problem "How to Live Well on Nothing a Year." It was neither a very new nor a very ingenious expedient that "Becky" resorted to when she discounted her husband's position and connection to fleece the tradespeople and cheat an old family servant out of a year's rent. The author might more justly have used his clever phrase in describing "Major Pendennis's" agreeable existence. We have made great progress in this, as in almost every other mode of living, in the latter half of the Victorian era; intelligent individuals of... Essays - Post by : bulkmailer007 - Date : June 2011 - Author : Eliot Gregory - Read : 1996

A Question And An Answer A Question And An Answer

A Question And An Answer
DEAR IDLER: I have been reading your articles in _The Evening Post_. They are really most amusing! You do know such a lot about people and things, that I am tempted to write and ask you a question on a subject that is puzzling me. What is it that is necessary to succeed--socially? There! It is out! Please do not laugh at me. Such funny people get on and such clever, agreeable ones fail, that I am all at sea. Now do be nice and answer me, and you will have a very grateful... Essays - Post by : Teamplay1 - Date : June 2011 - Author : Eliot Gregory - Read : 4078

The Introducer The Introducer

The Introducer
We all suffer more or less from the perennial "freshness" of certain acquaintances--tiresome people whom a misguided Providence has endowed with over-flowing vitality and an irrepressible love of their fellowmen, and who, not content with looking on life as a continual "spree," insist on making others happy in spite of themselves. Their name is legion and their presence ubiquitous, but they rarely annoy as much as when disguised under the mask of the "Introducer." In his clutches one is helpless. It is impossible to escape from such philanthropic tyranny. He, in his freshness, imagines that to present human... Essays - Post by : bigdog - Date : June 2011 - Author : Eliot Gregory - Read : 4125

An Ideal Hostess An Ideal Hostess

An Ideal Hostess
The saying that "One-half of the world ignores how the other half lives" received for me an additional confirmation this last week, when I had the good fortune to meet again an old friend, now for some years retired from the stage she had by her charm and beauty, as well as by her singing, held all the Parisian world at her pretty feet. Our meeting was followed on her part by an invitation to take luncheon with her the next day, "to meet a few friends, and talk over old times." So half-past twelve (the invariable hour for the... Essays - Post by : turnkey - Date : June 2011 - Author : Eliot Gregory - Read : 2630

Men's Manners Men's Manners

Men's Manners
Nothing makes one feel so old as to wake up suddenly, as it were, and realize that the conditions of life have changed, and that the standards you knew and accepted in your youth have been raised or lowered. The young men you meet have somehow become uncomfortably polite, offering you armchairs in the club, and listening with a shade of deference to your stories. They are of another generation; their ways are not your ways, nor their ambitions those you had in younger days. One is tempted to look a little closer, to analyze what the change... Essays - Post by : John_Hocking - Date : June 2011 - Author : Eliot Gregory - Read : 2622

The Faubourg Of St. Germain The Faubourg Of St. Germain

The Faubourg Of St. Germain
There has been too much said and written in the last dozen years about breaking down the "great wall" behind which the aristocrats of the famous Faubourg, like the Celestials, their prototypes, have ensconced themselves. The Chinese speak of outsiders as "barbarians." The French ladies refer to such unfortunates as being "beyond the pale." Almost all that has been written is arrant nonsense; that imaginary barrier exists to-day on as firm a foundation, and is guarded by sentinels as vigilant as when, forty years ago, Napoleon (third of the name) and his Spanish spouse mounted to its assault.... Essays - Post by : RadarCat - Date : June 2011 - Author : Eliot Gregory - Read : 4078

A Nation On The Wing A Nation On The Wing

A Nation On The Wing
On being taken the other day through a large and costly residence, with the thoroughness that only the owner of a new house has the cruelty to inflict on his victims, not allowing them to pass a closet or an electric bell without having its particular use and convenience explained, forcing them to look up coal-slides, and down air-shafts and to visit every secret place, from the cellar to the fire-escape, I noticed that a peculiar arrangement of the rooms repeated itself on each floor, and several times on a floor. I remarked it to my host. "You observe it,"... Essays - Post by : AussieJohnO - Date : June 2011 - Author : Eliot Gregory - Read : 3678

The Last Of The Dandies The Last Of The Dandies

The Last Of The Dandies
So completely has the dandy disappeared from among us, that even the word has an old-time look (as if it had strayed out of some half-forgotten novel or "keepsake"), raising in our minds the picture of a slender, clean-shaven youth, in very tight unmentionables strapped under his feet, a dark green frock-coat with a collar up to the ears and a stock whose folds cover his chest, butter-colored gloves, and a hat--oh! a hat that would collect a crowd in two minutes in any neighborhood! A gold-headed stick, and a quizzing glass, with a black ribbon an inch wide, complete... Essays - Post by : Ahmad - Date : June 2011 - Author : Eliot Gregory - Read : 1526

The Climber The Climber

The Climber
That form of misplaced ambition, which is the subject of the preceding chapter, can only be regarded seriously when it occurs among simple and sincere people, who, however derided, honestly believe that they are doing their duty to themselves and their families when they move heaven and earth to rise a few steps in the world. The moment we find ambition taking a purely social form, it becomes ridiculous. The aim is so paltry in comparison with the effort, and so out of proportion with the energy- exerted to attain it, that one can only laugh and wonder!... Essays - Post by : ebooksuppliers - Date : June 2011 - Author : Eliot Gregory - Read : 2961

Changing Paris Changing Paris

Changing Paris
Paris is beginning to show signs of the coming "Exhibition of 1900," and is in many ways going through a curious stage of transformation, socially as well as materially. The _Palais De l'Industrie_, familiar to all visitors here, as the home of the _Salons_, the Horse Shows, and a thousand gay _fetes_ and merry-makings, is being torn down to make way for the new avenue leading, with the bridge Alexander III., from the Champs Elysees to the Esplanade des Invalides. This thoroughfare with the gilded dome of Napoleon's tomb to close its perspective is intended to be the feature... Essays - Post by : jtnewhou - Date : June 2011 - Author : Eliot Gregory - Read : 1325

A Common Weakness A Common Weakness

A Common Weakness
Governments may change and all the conditions of life be modified, but certain ambitions and needs of man remain immutable. Climates, customs, centuries, have in no way diminished the craving for consideration, the desire to be somebody, to bear some mark indicating to the world that one is not as other men. For centuries titles supplied the want. This satisfaction has been denied to us, so ambitious souls are obliged to seek other means to feed their vanity. Even before we were born into the world of nations, an attempt was made amongst the aristocratically minded court surrounding our... Essays - Post by : SteveM - Date : June 2011 - Author : Eliot Gregory - Read : 1535

An English Invasion Of The Riviera An English Invasion Of The Riviera

An English Invasion Of The Riviera
When sixty years ago Lord Brougham, _en route_ for Italy, was thrown from his travelling berline and his leg was broken, near the Italian hamlet of Cannes, the Riviera was as unknown to the polite world as the centre of China. The _grand tour_ which every young aristocrat made with his tutor, on coming of age, only included crossing from France into Italy by the Alps. It was the occurrence of an unusually severe winter in Switzerland that turned Brougham aside into the longer and less travelled route _via_ the Corniche, the marvellous Roman road at that time fallen... Essays - Post by : catwoman1459 - Date : June 2011 - Author : Eliot Gregory - Read : 2274

'like Master Like Man' "like Master Like Man"

'like Master Like Man'
A frequent and naive complaint one hears, is of the unsatisfactoriness of servants generally, and their ingratitude and astonishing lack of affection for their masters, in particular. "After all I have done for them," is pretty sure to sum up the long tale of a housewife's griefs. Of all the delightful inconsistencies that grace the female mind, this latter point of view always strikes me as being the most complete. I artfully lead my fair friend on to tell me all about her woes, and she is sure to be exquisitely one-sided and quite unconscious of her position.... Essays - Post by : Riverbraid - Date : June 2011 - Author : Eliot Gregory - Read : 1595

'the Treadmill' "the Treadmill"

'the Treadmill'
A half-humorous, half-pathetic epistle has been sent to me by a woman, who explains in it her particular perplexity. Such letters are the windfalls of our profession! For what is more attractive than to have a woman take you for her lay confessor, to whom she comes for advice in trouble? opening her innocent heart for your inspection! My correspondent complains that her days are not sufficiently long, nor is her strength great enough, for the thousand and one duties and obligations imposed upon her. "If," she says, "a woman has friends and a small place in the... Essays - Post by : holton - Date : June 2011 - Author : Eliot Gregory - Read : 1385

The Grand Prix The Grand Prix

The Grand Prix
In most cities, it is impossible to say when the "season" ends. In London and with us in New York it dwindles off without any special finish, but in Paris it closes like a trap-door, or the curtain on the last scene of a pantomime, while the lights are blazing and the orchestra is banging its loudest. The _Grand Prix_, which takes place on the second Sunday in June, is the climax of the spring gayeties. Up to that date, the social pace has been getting faster and faster, like the finish of the big race itself, and... Essays - Post by : jclinfo - Date : June 2011 - Author : Eliot Gregory - Read : 1208