in the direction of colonialism.
This we may see both in literature and in manners.
“Are we not provincial?
Do we not lack the manners of the great world?”
These are the questions anxiously asked.
Yet all the manners of the great world are but little affairs of spoons and napkins and visiting-cards compared with those essential ingredients of manners which lie in “self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control” ; and which may be acquired in a log cabin or a sod shanty or an Indian tepee from parents who know their business.
Given this foundation, the great world can add much in respect to minor details; but without this foundation the teachings of the great world can do little.
, pointing this same moral in his day, goes so far as to say, “If you want to know a man who has seen the world, you will know him by his deficiency in those characters which seem to belong to good society.”
It is a curious fact that where a foreigner in his published book selects for special praise the manners and bearing of some American, it is very apt to turn out that the person thus praised has never crossed the ocean, or not till middle life, when his manners and bearing were already formed.
On the other hand, some of the very rudest Americans