his English brother here.
But I did not foresee how far his superior liveliness and naturalness of condition, in the absence of that pressure, would carry the American Philistine
I still use my old name Philistine
, because it does in fact seem to me as yet to suit the bulk of the community over there, as it suits the strong central body of the community here.
But in my mouth the name is hardly a reproach.
so clearly do I see the Philistine
's necessity, so willingly I own his merits, so much I find of him in myself.
The American Philistine, however, is certainly far more different from his English brother than I had beforehand supposed.
And on that difference we English of the old country may with great profit turn our regards for a while, and I am now going to speak of it.
Surely, if there is one thing more than another which all the world is saying of our community at present, and of which the truth cannot well be disputed, it is this: that we act like people who do not think straight and see clear.
I know that the Liberal newspapers used to be fond of saying that what characterized our middle class was its “clear, manly intelligence, penetrating through sophisms, ignoring commonplaces, and giving to conventional illusions ”