and an involuntary feeling that, in Hawthorne
's phrase, a vast number of people must be housed too little in order that a few may be housed so much.
But it is only the thoughtful and cultivated man who finds such drawbacks as this; while he who merely regards wealth as a personal privilege and as something to be spent wholly for his own gratification, likes naturally to be where that privilege is largest; and this is clearly in Europe
, not in America
Women, to whom the external charm of aristocratic life is greatest, and who have only lately begun to philosophize about social progress, are naturally more blinded than men to the real drawbacks of that brilliant society.
Hence the greater part of those American women who have married into the higher circles of English life are said to be more than English in their Tory proclivities; there is scarcely a liberal among them.
Much of the criticism on “international marriages” is no doubt unjust — as that they carry wealth out of the country, and the like.
Supposing it to be an evil to send wealth out of the country, what difference does it make whether it is spent in paying Worth
's bills at Paris
or in rebuilding a French chateau?
If the great extremes of wealth are hard to reconcile