that the sky over his head is of brass and iron.
And so I say that, in America, he who craves for the interesting
in civilization, he who requires from what surrounds him satisfaction for his sense of beauty, his sense for elevation, will feel the sky over his head to be of brass and iron.
The human problem, then, is as yet solved in the United States
most imperfectly; a great void exists in the civilization over there; a want of what is elevated and beautiful, of what is interesting.
The want is grave; it was probably, though he does not exactly bring it out, influencing Sir Lepel Griffin
's feelings when he said that America
is one of the last countries in which one would like to live.
The want is such as to make any educated man feel that many countries, much less free and prosperous than the United States
, are yet more truly civilized; have more which is interesting, have more to say to the soul; are countries, therefore, in which one would rather live.
The want is graver because it is so little recognized by the mass of Americans
; nay, so loudly denied by them.
If the community over there perceived the want and regretted it, sought for the right ways of remedying it, and resolved that remedied it should be; if they said, or