Novels and Tales of Henry James Volume 6

Novels and Tales of Henry James Volume 6

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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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...not feigned; and after a moment he returned: "When you say you believe in the democracy I take for granted you mean you positively wish for their coming into power, as I've always supposed. Now what I really have never understood is this--why you should desire to put forward a lot of people whom you regard almost without exception as rather dismal donkeys." "Ah my dear lad," Paul laughed, "when one undertakes to meddle in human affairs one must deal with human material. The upper classes have the longest ears." "I've heard you say you were working for an equality in human conditions--to abolish the immemorial inequality. What you want then for all mankind is the selfsame shade of asininity." "That 's very neat; did you pick it up in France? Damn the too-neat, you know; it's as bad as the too-rotten. The low tone of our fellow mortals is a result of bad conditions; it 's the conditions I want to alter. When those who have no start to speak of have a good one it 's but fair to infer they 'll go further. I want to try them, you know." "But why equality?" Hyacinth asked. "Somehow that word does n't say so much to me as it used to. Inequality--inequality! I don't know whether it 's by dint of repeating it over to myself, but that does n't shock me as it used." "They did n't put you up to that in France, I'm sure!" Paul exclaimed. "Your point of view 's changed. You 've risen in the world." "Risen? Good God, what have I risen to?" "True enough; you were always a bloated little swell!" And the so useful man at the great...show more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236797523
  • 9781236797520