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[284] in a family--one may well be glad that we do not have the possession secured here in the same way.

And much of the attraction that draws Americans to England is this same love of home, bidding them explore a still older home. For this they endure temporary exile from their real abode, and bear as patiently as possible that rather childish social structure which still dominates the English world. Sometimes, indeed, by long residence, Americans come to enjoy tills structure, as dwellers in Switzerland come actually to like those high-flavored cheeses that are at first so repulsive. Many a man, too, as Wendell Phillips used to say, is a democrat only because he was not born a nobleman; and it is observed that when one speaks of the delights of living in Europe, he never imagines himself to be living there in the same way as here; the life must be a perpetual holiday with large outlay and no duties to anybody; without that, one might as well be in New York. So the young American girl, however moderate her claims at home, stipulates for nothing less than a ducal palace in England; let her marry an English business man, and she will soon find whether she likes it better than life in America. At least I knew a young girl who tried it, and she soon found herself undergoing so many real or fancied slights because her husband was “only in trade”

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