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own niche. But beware the artist who's an intellectual also. The artist
who doesn't fit--the Rousseau, the Tolstoi, the Samuel Butler, the Amory
"Who's he?" demanded the little man suspiciously.
"Well," said Amory, "he's a--he's an intellectual personage not very
well known at present."
The little man laughed his conscientious laugh, and stopped rather
suddenly as Amory's burning eyes turned on him.
"What are you laughing at?"
"These _intellectual_ people--"
"Do you know what it means?"
The little man's eyes twitched nervously.
"Why, it _usually_ means--"
"It _always_ means brainy and well-educated," interrupted Amory. "It
means having an active knowledge of the race's experience." Amory
decided to be very rude. He turned to the big man. "The young man," he
indicated the secretary with his thumb, and said young man as one
says bell-boy, with no implication of youth, "has the usual muddled
connotation of all popular words."
"You object to the fact that capital controls printing?" said the big
man, fixing him with his goggles.
"Yes--and I object to doing their mental work for them. It seemed to
me that the root of all the business I saw around me consisted in
overworking and underpaying a bunch of dubs who submitted to it."
"Here now," said the big man, "you'll have to admit that the laboring
man is certainly highly paid--five and six hour days--it's ridiculous.
You can't buy an honest day's work from a man in the trades-unions."
"You've brought it on yourselves," insisted Amory. "You people never
make concessions until they're wrung out of you."
"Your class; the class I belonged to until recently; those who by
inheritance or industry or brains or dishonesty have become the moneyed
"Do you imagine that if that road-mender over there had the money he'd
be any more willing to give it up?"
"No, but what's that got to do with it?"
The older man considered.
"No, I'll admit it hasn't. It rather sounds as if it had though."
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