The Smart Set Volume 21

The Smart Set Volume 21

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...know no more about business than he does himself! But he is nervous, as flickering and flashing as a torch-flame, and he suffers terribly on the platform. This caused him to come down with a crash, two seasons ago, in Vienna--I believe they still smile over the failure, on the Continent. That is why he is now looking to America for his first real recognition, I think. And as for work--you cannot dream how hard he works. Women may come and coo around him, as you say, but this really is nothing to him. And if our own men in America are too busy making money, why should anybody object because we import our supply of Companionable Souls? Our decent men keep their noses in a stock-ticker all day. It is only the silly boys and the imbeciles that are left for us to play with. "You are also wrong, dear Aunt Agatha, in saying that Dorat is a Frenchman. He was really born in Canada, in the little Canton of Chambly, not far from Montreal. His father was an Irish lock-tender. His mother was a French-Canadian singing-woman (she starred for a year or two as a Polish contralto), who took him to Paris, ran away with a man there, and left her boy to starve in the top of a dirty pension. That is all I know about him, except that he once drove a canal-horse, as a child, at Lachine, that he worked in a piano-factory in London, as a youth, for three years, and that his life has been a terrible struggle--that he has suffered and been a great deal alone, and that when you once scratch through the Parisian varnish on him he is a tender-hearted and great-souled human being, a good bit of a baby, a little bit of a boy and a great deal of a genius. "I don't know why I have told you all this. But I have written it, you see, and while I am at it I may more

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  • Paperback | 378 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 671g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236770080
  • 9781236770080