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Chapter 21: international marriages

What are called by the high-sounding name of “international marriages” not only serve as material for gossip in our vast and hungry newspaper press, but also for matter of thought to those who study social tendencies. The thoughts they suggest lie in the same direction with those aroused whenever a rich American buys a castle in Europe, or even leases a shooting preserve in Scotland. All these are chiefly interesting because they bear on the problem of the position and prospects of wealth in a republic. Nobody cares when an economical American student goes to live in Berlin, or a poor girl marries an impecunious Englishman. There must be added to the affair that little flavor of splendor that comes from wealth, or it is nothing. This is not mere snobbishness. There is more of genuine snobbishness in a London day than

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