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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 19 (search)
t and science and refined manners come more slowly, and in these we do not yet trust ourselves. That was true of our early days which Aulus Gellius quotes Cato as saying of early Rome: Poetry was not held in honor; if any one devoted himself to it, or went about to banquets, he was called a vagabond (grassator vocabatur). Hence we were slower to assert ourselves in these finer arts, and when we did, it was with becoming modesty. It was thought daring in Emerson to sing of the bumblebee, or Lowell of the bobolink; as for Whittier, who had never even crossed the Atlantic, how could he sing at all? Especially in the realm of manners this humility has prevailed. During the last French Empire it used to be held at Newport and New York that there was no standard of good-breeding but in Paris, as if the best-bred American society were not of older tradition as well as better strain than the dynasty of the Napoleons. The truth is that the finest American manners are indigenous, not impor
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 34 (search)
XXXIV. social superiors. Mr. Brander Matthews lately quoted, at a discussion held in New York as to the working of republican government, an early statement by Lowell, which seems to me to contain a brief epitome of the whole matter, and to be too good to forget. Lowell said (I quote from memory), If it be a good thing for an English duke that he has no social superior, I think it can hardly be bad for an American farmer. It reminded me of a saying by a classmate of mine, so fond of EngLowell said (I quote from memory), If it be a good thing for an English duke that he has no social superior, I think it can hardly be bad for an American farmer. It reminded me of a saying by a classmate of mine, so fond of England and so ashamed of his own country that he used to define it as the mission of the United States to vulgarize the whole world, who yet resented being taken too literally in this remark; and would tell a story of the disgusting sycophancy of middle-class Englishmen towards people of rank, contrasting it with the perfect indifference of the average American traveller, unconscious of having a social superior anywhere. But there is an aspect of this social superior question so obvious that I
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 42 (search)
-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 asters and golden-rod, along our roadsides, and condemns them all as weeds. he evidently has not tried, with Lowell, to win the secret of a weed's plain heart, and to him probably the gorse and heather of Scotland or the stately English foxglove would be nothing but weeds. The mistake he makes is in regarding this tendency to cities as in any way an American monopoly. It is, in truth, a feature of modern civilization. Owen Pike, in his remarkable work, The history of Crime in England, has shown that this very tendency has been in operation among our English kinsfolk ever since the reign of Edward II
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, Index. (search)
, M., 87. Lecturers, English, 96. Leighton, Caroline C., quoted, 283. Leopold, Prince, 106. Leroi, Madame, 87. Leslie, Eliza, 13. letters, women's, 110. Libraries, public, 282. Lincoln, Abraham, 20, 218, 309. Lioness more formidable than lion, 59, 145. Literary centre unimportant, 225. literary style, women's influence on, 85. Livermore, Mary A., 20. Lochinvar, the young, 55. Longfellow, H. W., 19, 203, 308. Lotze, Hermann, quoted, 90. Louis XIV., 179. Lowell, J. R., quoted, 171, 212, 291. Also 95, 97, 99. Lucas, Mrs., John, 287. Lyon, Mary, 21. Lytton, Lord, 193. M. Maiden aunts, 38. Maiden ladies, dignity of, 31. Maine, Sir Henry, cited, 10. Maitland, Major, 137. Manugin, Arthur, quoted, 214. Mann, Horace, quoted, 134. Also 243, 244. Manners, American, 101, 169, 224; English, 139; Italian and Spanish, 25. manners, the Empire of, 75. Mariotti. See Gallenga. Marketable accomplishments, 60. Marriage, chances o