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Pages from an Old Volume of Life

By Holmes, Oliver Wendell

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Book Id: WPLBN0000222559
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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: Pages from an Old Volume of Life  
Author: Holmes, Oliver Wendell
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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This is the new version of the Panem et Circenses of the Roman populace. It is our ultimatum, as that was theirs. They must have something to eat, and the circus-shows to look at. We must have something to eat, and the papers to read. Everything else we can give up. If we are rich, we can lay down our carriages, stay away from Newport or Saratoga, and adjourn the trip to Europe sine die. If we live in a small way, there are at least new dresses and bonnets and every-day luxuries which we can dispense with. If the young Zouave of the family looks smart in his new uniform, its respectable head is content, though he himself grow seedy as a caraway-umbel late in the season. He will cheerfully calm the perturbed nap of his old beaver by patient brushing in place of buying a new one, if only the Lieutenant's jaunty cap is what it should be. We all take a pride in sharing the epidemic economy of the time. Only bread and the newspaper we must have, whatever else we do without. How this war is simplifying our mode of being! We live on our emotions, as the sick man is said in the common speech to be nourished by his fever. Our ordinary mental food has become distasteful, and what would have been intellectual luxuries at other times, are now absolutely repulsive.

Table of Contents
· BREAD AND THE NEWSPAPER. · MY HUNT AFTER THE CAPTAIN. · THE INEVITABLE TRIAL · CINDERS FROM THE ASHES. · THE PULPIT AND THE PEW.


 

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