Hawthorne on Wealth and Status in America

From The House of the Seven Gables:

In this republican country, amid the fluctuating waves of our social life, somebody is always at the drowning-point. The tragedy is enacted with as continual a repetition as that of a popular drama on a holiday; and, nevertheless, is felt as deeply, perhaps, as when an hereditary noble sinks below his order. More deeply; since, with us, rank is the grosser substance of wealth and a splendid establishment, and has no spiritual existence after the death of these, but dies hopelessly along with them.

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2 Responses to Hawthorne on Wealth and Status in America

  1. Liam says:

    Merry Christmas Stephen. Went to the childrens’ Christmas Eve Mass at my local Church earlier and the place was packed to the gunwhales. Unutterably lovely experience.

    We are not done yet. Not by a long chalk. God bless all here.

  2. stephenhopewell says:

    Belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Liam and all who read this. I missed Christmas service this year but the spirit of yours reaches me here.

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