The Cosmopolitan Volume 14

The Cosmopolitan Volume 14

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ... in spite of a numerous assembly and sights and sounds of even an intense activity, there is no frank and joyous flow of life in these halls of pleasure. On the contrary, surrounded by faces expressing anti-social suspicions, you feel in yourself a certain degree of shame, suspense and dejection, and you understand the constraint felt beneath the forced animation of some and the silence of others. A partial relief from this prevalent malaise is met when people come out of the concerts. Then the crowd gathers in the vestibule, and the more genial expression and tones of voice are a delicate tribute to the powers of music. Life at Monte Carlo offers to the student of men a remarkable collection of faces of the shrewd and depraved type. In the fashionable season of the Riviera the majority of the assembly is made up of tourists, especially on those days when the classical concerts draw many visitors from Nice. M entone and other neighboring resorts. Many of them bet a few times. drawn to it bythe novelty ofa new excitement and a hope of winning money. and some of them look back at the experience as the first step on their road to ruin. But the most interesting study is to be made when the gambling element predominates. After the eye has become accustomed to the glitter and the mind to the troubled atmosphere, you divide the company into at least two large classes--players, or respectable people who have a weakness for play, and gamblers, or those who give themselves up to habitual gambling and the feverish vicious living generally connected with it. Of course this division is without any marked line, and the two classes shade into each other by imperceptible gradations. But such are the effects produced on character and physiognomy by the...show more

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  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 644g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123689068X
  • 9781236890689