sex rarely suffers from ennui.
It may still be found to some extent, doubtless, among maiden ladies living in boarding-houses, whose means are limited, yet just sufficient to relieve them from the wholesome necessity of exertion.
It is to be found in greater degree among men similarly situated, living economically in small towns, forbidden to engage in business, lest they lose their little all, and dependent for occupation on the morning paper and the observation of other men's games of billiards at the club.
Ennui is foreign to the habits of our people, and even to their temperaments; for, whatever it may be with the human race at large, it is certain that the native American
of either sex inclines to work, not to idleness.
The task of his physician is not to keep him busy, but to make him more idle.
When he is too rich for convenience already, he keeps at work not so much to make more money as for sheer love of the game.
He stays near the city, and does not, like the Englishman, become a landed proprietor and buy an estate in the country a dozen miles from any other estate.
As with the old, so with the young.
The young clubmen of our cities are not simply swells, like their London
prototypes; they must be bankers and speculators also.