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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 88 0 Browse Search
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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, V. The swing of the social pendulum. (search)
y and even twenty years ago was quite unlike what it now is. Good Americans were said, when they died, to go to Paris, and even the wit of Toy, not the English. It was at the French court that fashionable Americans yearned to be presented; they uniformly preferred to live on the methods, for in the librarians' conventions of the last few years Americans have led and not followed. Even when we come on more intimate anld wish to be taken for an Englishman, for the simple reason that Americans are everywhere so much more popular. Nor would any one of our owe. Let us not disturb ourselves. Out of the fifty millions of Americans, the passing wave of Anglomania or Francomania reaches but a few he surface. Even the young men whom it reaches are at heart good Americans, and if another civil war or foreign war arose, would respond as l difference also, there seems every prospect that Englishmen and Americans will be farther apart, instead of nearer, fifty years hence than
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 15 (search)
oys are enhanced, cares diminished, by the presence in the room of a single person of charming manners. How shall such manners be obtained? Art and habit and the mere desire to please may do something, but not supply the place of a defective foundation. Nobody has ever summed up the different types of good manners so well as Tennyson: Kind nature is the best: those manners next That fit us like a nature second-hand; Which are indeed the manners of the great. It is curious how Americans in Europe vibrate between their French and English predilections, feeling the attractiveness of the French courtesy, and yet sometimes wondering whether it is more than skin-deep, and looking back in regret to the English method, which if blunt, is at least sincere. But when, as may happen, the French manner has a basis of real sincerity, how delightful the result! A charming American woman, the late Mrs. Sidney Brooks of New York, who retained into age all the attractiveness and much ev
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 19 (search)
XIX. on a certain humility in Americans. It has always seemed to me that Lowell's paper on the condescension of foreigners should be followed by one on the humility of Americans. It may be that we do not make that quality obtrusive when travelling abroad, for there we are frequently stung and goaded out of this fine constitAmericans. It may be that we do not make that quality obtrusive when travelling abroad, for there we are frequently stung and goaded out of this fine constitutional trait. My dear young lady, said the kind English clergyman to a certain American traveller in Europe, Let me urge you not to make use of that word unless you are willing to be known as an American. But suppose, said her mother, that my daughters have no objection to being known as Americans, what then? To this the good mAmericans, what then? To this the good man had no answer ready, as it was a contingency he had not foreseen. In such cases the bruised Yankee will turn upon his assailant; nor does he always fail to offer the original provocation. But it is chiefly at home and in our dealings with foreigners that the constitutional humility asserts itself. It is needless to deny tha
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 25 (search)
XXV. exalted stations. An accomplished English writer, endeavoring to explain to Americans, as many have done before him, how it is that educated men in England do not feel aggrieved at giving precedence to persons of mere hereditary rank, gives a curious illustration of the very habit criticised. He says that no sensible Englishman ever sees in it a want of real consideration for himself. The hosts simply employ a convenient rule, he says: the titled guests follow the order of their rwho happens to count among his ancestors a royal mistress or a brewer sufficiently wealthy to have been rewarded with a peerage. To the average republican mind he simply justifies the criticism, and prolongs that attitude which seems to most Americans so cringing; and which does more than any one difference, perhaps, to transmit from one generation to another the alienation between the two races. When some defender of slavery once claimed, in Dr. W. E. Channing's presence, that the slaves o
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 27 (search)
but a house of cards-showy, brilliant, with at least four distinct court suits, but insecure and liable to fall. Another recent event illustrates clearly, to Americans at least, this baseless and now meaningless institution, which nevertheless so dazzles many. The claims to the Lauderdale peerage, in regard to which several ofern cow-boy would be guilty of such brutality. And yet the last stronghold of the House of Cards is its supposed influence on manners. Not merely untravelled Americans, but even liberal Englishmen, and, still more, English-women, are even now fettered by the delusion. I remember having a long talk in England, a dozen years agoeditary privilege to establish its own standard, and which ends by imposing that standard on other people. The English aristocratic society, Matthew Arnold says, materializes the upper classes, vulgarizes the middle classes, and brutalizes the lower classes. For a few foolish Americans it does all three of these things at once.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 42 (search)
XLII. city and country living. The newspapers are circulating a curious statement by Mr. Grant Allen--who is understood to be a Canadian by birth and an Englishman by residence — to the effect that Americans do not like country life, and that those who are able to do so flee from the rural regions as if there were a pestilence there. This is a curious caricature of the real facts-almost as curious as when the same writer finds something melancholy in the dandelions and violets, the aster, the other in the summer. In the mild winters of England, where there is not a month in the year in which some flower does not bloom out-of-doors, and hardly one in which some bird does not build its nest, this distinction is less sharp; and Americans are always surprised to find their English cousins staying in the country till Christmas, and then in London till July. But in our Northern States the distinction of seasons is so very marked as to be destined to mould the permanent habit of
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 44 (search)
e literature of a nation. This being the case, we should live up to it in all ways. We are Americans, not merely residents of Meddibemps at one extremity or Seattle at the other. We have to hold fritter away our strength in the petty jealousies of a thousand little parishes. When we see Americans in Europe we are proud of them, if they deserve our pride, or ashamed of them, if they cause ustern and Western, Northern and Southern, is often very much like that between Englishmen and Americans; it is not fraternal, but critical, almost satirical--a little more than kin and less than kinEastern, it is as insulting as the unconscious insolence of these English remarks. We are all Americans; the honors of one are the honors of all; the discredit of one is the discredit of everybody. dvent of a new poet and the birth of a colt of eminent breed. The former festival at least we Americans should celebrate, even if the advent of the bard should occur on the utmost border of the Aleu
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 48 (search)
rman, long resident in England, who used to say, when we saw the groups of demure little boys and girls going to school at eight in the morning, with their knapsacks of books on their shoulders, That is what is stupefying the German nation; they are being drilled to death; they have no games, no lively sports, no vivacity; one wide-awake English school-boy is worth the whole of them. He had never been in America; but we, who find the English children dull and slow to mature, compared with Americans, can make the needful addition to his statement. No one can deny the sure tendency of the German training to produce thorough investigators and admirable analysts; but, after all, our system, with all its faults, produces mental alertness, and theirs does not. Compare an American boy at eighteen with a German or even an English boy of the same age; which is it that has originality, impulse, initiative? That quality which makes us develop early and assume leadership while others are unde
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 55 (search)
nothing of the incidental result attributed to primogeniture by Dr. Johnson, that it made but one fool in a family--one may well be glad that we do not have the possession secured here in the same way. And much of the attraction that draws Americans to England is this same love of home, bidding them explore a still older home. For this they endure temporary exile from their real abode, and bear as patiently as possible that rather childish social structure which still dominates the English world. Sometimes, indeed, by long residence, Americans come to enjoy tills structure, as dwellers in Switzerland come actually to like those high-flavored cheeses that are at first so repulsive. Many a man, too, as Wendell Phillips used to say, is a democrat only because he was not born a nobleman; and it is observed that when one speaks of the delights of living in Europe, he never imagines himself to be living there in the same way as here; the life must be a perpetual holiday with large
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, Index. (search)
Homer, 8, 203. Homes, occasional permanence of, in America, 283. Hood, Thomas, 19. Horse-chestnuts, the value of, 295. house of Cards, A, 138. House of Lords, English, decline of, 136. Household decoration, stages of, 161. household decorators, women as, 161. House-keeping in America, 72, 116; in England, 73. Howells, W. 1)., quoted, 40, 52, 64, 194. Also 102, 141, 157, 158, 180. Howitt, A. W., 45. Hugo, Victor, 309. Humboldt, Wilhelm von, 182. humility in Americans, on A certain, 95. Humility, the spring of; 309. humor of children, the, 217. Hun, Dr. E. R., 183, 181. Huxley, T. H., 99. I. Independent Purse, the, 115. Industry, female, changes in, 7. influence, the woman of, 17. Ingelow, Jean, cited, 133. Invalids, visits to, 227. Italian manners, 25. J. Jackson, Helen ( H. H. ), 158, 236. James, Henry, 157, 158. Jameson, Anna M., 103, 180. Janauschek, Madame, 221. Jefferson, Thomas, 296. Johns Hopkins Univ