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Human Intercourse

Human Intercourse  (English, Paperback, Philip Gilbert Hamerton)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781150263910, 1150263911
  • Edition: 2009
  • Pages: 104
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1893. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... ESSAY XXVI. AMUSEMENTS. One of the most unexpected discoveries that we make on entering the reflective stage of existence is that amusements are social obligations. The next discovery of this kind is that the higher the rank of the person the more obligatory and the more numerous do his so-called amusements become, till finally we reach the princely life which seems to consist almost exclusively of these observances. Why should it ever be considered obligatory upon a man to amuse himself in some way settled by others? There appear to be two principal reasons for this. The first is, that when amusements are practised by many persons in common it appears unsociable and ungracious to abstain. Even if the amusement is not interesting in itself, it is thought that the society it leads us into ought to be a sufficient reason for following it. The second reason is that, like all things which are repeated by many people together, amusements soon become fixed customs, and have all the weight and authority of customs, so that people dare not abstain from observing them for fear of social penalties. If the amusements are expensive they become not only a sign of wealth but an actual demonstration and / display of it, and as nothing in the world is so much respected as wealth, or so efficient a help to social position, and as the expenditure which is visible produces far more effect upon the mind than that which is not seen, it follows that all costly amusements are useful for self-assertion in the world, and become even a means of maintaining the political importance of great families. On the other hand, not to be accustomed to expensive amusements implies that one has lived amongst people of narrow means, so that most of those who have social ambition are eager to seize ...
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  • 2009
  • Philip Gilbert Hamerton
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