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Chapter 15: the cant of cosmopolitanism

This is the period when young people just coming out of college are receiving a good deal of advice, and giving some. As it is the period when they feel oldest for themselves, and are regarded as youngest by their elders, most of the advice is superfluous, and is pretty sure not to be heeded. They are at a time when they must learn, not by the wisdom or unwisdom of others, but by their own-and particularly by their own-blunders. They may, for instance, fall into either of two forms of cant — that of spread-eagleism or that of cosmopolitanism. Of the two, the cant of cosmopolitanism is the worst. It belongs chiefly to the untravelled, or to those who have travelled very little. No one is quite so cosmopolitan as the youth who, having crossed the ocean on a cattle-steamer, has found his way to Paris, and has been prevented from being a little

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