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[134] when he showed himself “really and lastingly ashamed of having once put up shoe-blacking as a boy, and was unable to forgive his mother for suffering him to be so degraded.” Howells adds, admirably, “One perceives that he too was the slave of conventions and the victim of conditions which it is the highest function of his criticism to help destroy.” It may be set down as a certainty that no form of society is permanent which makes any person ashamed of ever having done a stroke of honest labor.

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