By Theodore Dreiser
The vintage depiction of the cruel realities of yankee lifestyles, the darkish part of the yank Dream, and one man's doomed pursuit of affection and success... "Mr. Dreiser isn't really imitative and belongs to no college. he's at center a mysticist and a fatalist, notwithstanding utilizing the real looking process. he's, at the proof of this novel by myself, a power."-The manhattan instances e-book evaluate
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And she ain’t goin’, don’t know nuttin about it. But he is. Den he beats it, see, and leaves her and de trunk in de room. And widout a bean, see? Now, dey’re holdin’ her and her trunk, an’ she’s cryin’ and wirin’ friends, and dere’s hell to pay all around. Can ya beat dat? An’ de flowers, too. Roses. ” “Sure, I know the one you mean,” exclaimed Paul Shiel. “I took up some drinks myself. I felt there was something phony about that guy. He was too smooth and loud-talking. ” “I remember him, too,” exclaimed Ratterer.
Pshaw! Had he no courage at all? These other fellows were not disturbed by the prospects of what was before them. They were very gay. They were already beginning to laugh and kid one another in regard to certain funny things that had happened the last time they were all out together. But what would his mother think if she knew? His mother! He dared not think of his mother or his father either at this time, and put them both resolutely out of his mind. “Oh, say, Kinsella,” called Higby. ” replied the amused Kinsella, taking up the Martini that was just then served him.
And there had been in the lives of most of these boys such a lack of anything that approached comfort or taste, let alone luxury, that not unlike Clyde, they were inclined to not only exaggerate the import of all that they saw, but to see in this sudden transition an opportunity to partake of it all. Who were these people with money, and what had they done that they should enjoy so much luxury, where others as good seemingly as themselves had nothing? And wherein did these latter differ so greatly from the successful?