wicked only by the lingering of a very few scruples and the presence of but a very few dollars.
After his return to his family his cosmopolitanism is appalling.
Perhaps there is a maiden who might compare with him, the damsel who has been taken abroad with the expectation of becoming the proud bride of a ducal coronet, and has come home with only a complete wardrobe and an exceedingly incomplete French accent.
The more experienced often go abroad, as Emerson
illustrated-“to be Americanized.”
That is, they learn that the nation of which they are a portion has its own career to work out; that nothing that can be learned or won in Europe
is too good for us, but that you can no more transplant the social atmosphere of Europe
than you can change the climate or the sky.
They learn also the folly of supposing that cosmopolitanism means good manners, or has, indeed, very much to do with them.
Perhaps, if we hear a man mentioned as a cosmopolite, we are apt to expect good manners from him; but if we substitute the now familiar and irreverent word “globe-trotter,” the spell vanishes.
A globe-trotter does not necessarily have good manners.
We soon learn that it is