that hitherto I have thought that, as we in England
have to transform our civilization, so America
has hers still to make; and that, though her example and co-operation might, and probably would, be of the greatest value to us in the future, yet they were not of much use to our civilization now. I remember, that when I first read the Boston
newspaper from which I have been quoting, I was just fresh from the perusal of one of the best of Mr. James
's novels, “Roderick Hudson
That work carries us to one of the “smaller cities of the interior,” a city of which, I own, I had never heard — the American Northampton
Those who have read “Roderick Hudson
” will recollect, that in that part of the story where the scene is laid at Northampton
, there occurs a personage called Striker, an auctioneer.
And when I came upon the Boston
newspaper's assurances that, in almost every small town of the Union
, I should find “an elegant and simple social order,” the comment which rose to my lips was this: “I suspect what I should find there, in great force, is Striker.”
Now Striker was a Philistine.
I have said somewhere or other that, whereas our society in England
distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines, and Populace, America
is just ourselves, with the Barbarians quite left